By accepting amendments to the National Radioactive Waste Management Amendment Bill, the federal government has today abandoned its year-long attempt to shield its plan for a national nuclear waste dump in SA from judicial review.
This is a statement is from Friends of the Earth Japan. One Tuesday. April 13, at a Cabinet meeting, the Japanese government decided to discharge so-called ALPS (Advanced Liquid Processing System) treated water stored in tanks at the site of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant into the ocean.
Next year marks 10 years since the Great East Japan Earthquake on March 11, 2011 and the subsequent nuclear accident at TEPCO's Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant.
The recent announcement by federal resources minister Keith Pitt that a new 'Australian Radioactive Waste Agency' will be established and located in Adelaide is the latest move by the federal government to impose a national nuclear waste dump in SA.
National and state environment groups have given a cautious welcome to the continuation of long-standing protections against nuclear risks in the current statutory review of the Environmental Protection Biodiversity Conservation (EPBC) Act – Australia’s federal environmental laws. The interim report released today has stated that the Commonwealth should maintain the capacity to intervene in uranium mining and made no recommendation to change existing prohibitions on nuclear activities, including domestic nuclear power.
The National Radioactive Waste Management Amendment Bill amends the National Radioactive Waste Management Act to specifically target South Australia for a national nuclear waste 'facility' ‒ a repository for low-level waste and an above-ground 'interim' store for long-lived intermediate-level waste including nuclear reactor fuel waste.
The NSW Parliament's State Development Committee released its report into nuclear power last week. Conservative committee members recommended repeal of state laws banning uranium mining and nuclear power, while Labor members want to retain the legal bans.