Anxiety ‘ramping up’ among Oman Ama residents: neighbour

LIVING next door to a nuclear waste facility isn't something Oman Ama resident Susan Campbell had in mind when she moved back to her home town 30 years ago.

The mental health nurse is the fifth-generation owner of a property that borders the proposed nuclear waste facility.

While her home is 5km from the facility, she said having a nuclear waste facility bordering her property wasn't something she expected.

"There's a level of anxiety about this particular threat to our community - it's really ramping up," she said.

"People are feeling disempowered - their future has been left in the hands of government process.

"We've learned there's very little we can do except make our position known on a broader scale."

Resentment is the word Mrs Campbell used to describe the mood of residents in the area.

"Most understand we need a long-term solution for nuclear waste," she said.

"There's not enough in the fine print to convince us they've done enough work on this issue."

Aside from the issues surrounding the facility, Mrs Campbell also has concerns for people undergoing radioactive medical treatment.

"As a nurse in this community I feel really angry and disappointed for those people undergoing types of radioactive treatment who feel if they don't accept this radioactive waste dump the future of those treatments will be compromised," she said.

"It's just not true."



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