NO TO NUCLEAR: The Friends of Oman Ama are ramping up their opposition to the proposed nuclear waste facility in their community, writing to federal minister Josh Frydenberg.
NO TO NUCLEAR: The Friends of Oman Ama are ramping up their opposition to the proposed nuclear waste facility in their community, writing to federal minister Josh Frydenberg. Friends Of Oman Ama

OPINION: Friends of Oman Ama not "fanning flames" on nuclear

ISN'T it interesting that as soon as a group is formed due to community fears in relation to the proposed Radioactive waste dump being placed at an Omanama, "Fears are being flamed".

I am a resident of Inglewood, and have my home 20km from the proposed dump.

It is to be an interim (not permanent), indefinite (no proposed time span) functional site for up to 100years and maintained for up to 400years, with concrete that has been "scientifically proven to last 400years" (wonder how they do a trial on that?")

This site is at the head lands of the Murray Darling catchment, leaks have consequences for three states and thousands of agricultural interests.

The site is on a hill with an Aboriginal culturally significant site evident to anyone who wants to look.

It is 100km from Toowoomba, one of the most densely populated sites in Queensland.

International Best Practice disposal of intermediate waste is 30-300 metres deep underground in flat, arid, low population and geologically stable ground, however 400 years is not permanent according to Ansto, however feels pretty permanent to residents of Inglewood and Oman Ama.

Ansto indicates that it is safe, however if we look at Ansto's track record, this claim is arguable.

In 2011 David Reid (30 year employee) was sacked after raising concerns re breached safety precautions and under-reported accidents.

If we take a quick look at the list of accidents, leaks and breaches that has occurred at Lucas Heights since 1985, is it any wonder the locals are fearful of the dump.

I was present at the first public meeting when Lawrence Springborg stated " I went up and had a look at the site yesterday, looks like a great site for it."

This is our political representative.

Pretty sure he has no geological or nuclear science qualifications, yet he felt it appropriate to indicate to his loyal voters how appropriate this site would be for a radioactive waste dump.

It was a breath of fresh air when at the same meeting I came across "Friends of the Earth", who did not fan my fears but helped me and many others in our community find a common voice in relation to our concerns, that our current representatives are deliberately trying to ignore.

In my 20s I was a member of the Young Nationals and yet now in my 40s find my self aligned with the opposite end of the political landscape.

Lawrence, what is wrong with this picture?

- Edward Frey,

"Ashton Grove"

Inglewood



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