Friends of the Earth National Nuclear Campaigners have been speaking to candidates for the seat of Grey ahead of the federal election to see where they stand on the proposed nuclear waste dump regional SA.
Mara Bonacci and Jim Green were in Whyalla on Tuesday and met with trade unionists and one of the candidates for Grey.
The green energy campaigners are calling on the federal government to end the site selection process and instead have a 'responsible approach' to choosing a location for the dump.
The process of establishing a low-level and intermediate waste dump in Kimba or Hawker is currently delayed because of two court cases brought on by the Barngarla and Adnyamathanha traditional land owners.
Ms Bonacci said there was a mix of opinions within the candidates about the nuclear waste dump, with a need for more information about the proposal.
"Unless people go out to find the information towns like Whyalla, Pirie or Lincoln don't get it," she said.
"The Department of Industry, Innovation and Science are still open for submissions. People can still write to the government about this issue."
Ms Bonacci said the scope of the federal government's consultation during the site process had been very narrow.
"They're looking at the sites proposed to house the facility rather than the towns it's going to impact which is potentially all of the Eyre Peninsula," she said.
Their visit is also a follow-up on a report from the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science made public last year which named Whalla, Port Pirie and Port Lincoln (among others) as potential nuclear waste ports.
"There are communities that haven't been told at all about being a nuclear port unless NGOs like the ones we work through had trawled through reports and identified these port towns," Mr Green said.
"They've had no say, let alone a meaningful say on whether this goes ahead."
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