Deadline for nuclear submissions

Deadline for nuclear submissions

After three years of consultation, public submissions on the proposed National Radioactive Waste Management Facility will close on December 12, 2019.

Submissions are part of the consultation about the proposed facility, and a key way that people from within and outside of the communities being considered to host the facility, can have their say.

The closing of submissions will coincide with the completion of a ballot of people living around the Wallerberdina Station site, and conclusion of neighbour and local business surveys.

It follows the completion of the Kimba ballot, where 61 per cent of respondents supported hosting the facility in that area.

Sam Chard is the General Manager of the National Radioactive Waste Management Facility Taskforce.

"The government has been working over recent years to hear the views of all interested parties including local residents, neighbours, business owners, Traditional Owners and the broader community," she said.

"This phase of consultation about the two proposed sites in Kimba and one at Wallerberdina Station is now coming to a close, so we encourage anyone who has not yet had their say, to do so.

"Submissions play an important role in allowing every Australian to have their say, and we all have about three more weeks to do so at www.radioactivewaste.gov.au.

"Submissions will be considered alongside other feedback mechanisms, to help determine if there is broad community support for the facility at any of the three sites."

Radioactive waste is currently spread over more than 100 locations around Australia, and international best practice is that it be consolidated into a single, safe and purpose-built facility.

The proposed facility will provide 45 ongoing jobs in fields such as security, waste, operations, monitoring and administration, and be delivered with a $31 million community development package.

The vast majority of Australia's radioactive waste stream is linked to the production of nuclear medicines that, on average, one in two Australians will need in their lifetime.

For more information on the project, go to: www.radioactivewaste.gov.au.