Councillor candidate says no to nuclear waste

BRAVO Bron Larner and other letter writers to the editor.

I am dismayed and astounded that anyone could even consider the establishment of a nuclear waste dump anywhere near civilisation, let alone in our region.

Have they considered how it would be transported, how it would be housed, leakage and so on?

Supposed low-level nuclear waste or not, we don't want it in our backyard.

Accidents can and do happen, many of them involving trucks on our highway.

Disasters at the storage dump itself, we are not immune to any of these things happening.

This horrendous stuff should be stored at a place such as Maralinga in South Australia, where the land and environment is unfit for habitation, because some very "clever men" - British scientists - decided to have an agreement with the Australian government at the time, and after some testing of nuclear weapons in other parts of Western Australia and South Australia, decided that this would be the place of least resistance, as the inhabitants happened to be indigenous.

This was in 1954 to 1963.

There were various "clean-ups" but it will never be fit for habitation.

The Federal Government spent about $108 million in the final clean-up in 2000.

The Maralinga people were offered $13.5 million in compensation.

Their lives and their land were destroyed.

You may think that I am being melodramatic, but we should learn from history.

We should never let anything like this ever happen again.

Look at what has happened to other nuclear sites around the world because of natural disasters.

They never thought it could happen, but it did.

The $10 million which is supposedly being offered as an incentive, is a joke.

We must say no to having nuclear waste near our agricultural lands.

Our council must have a position on this problem, it is next door to our region.

I am totally opposed to any sort of nuclear waste dump.

- Yve Stocks,

Councillor candidate



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