State government admits support for nuclear waste dump

A parliamentary question has shown that the state government has conditionally supported Gindalbie Metals proposed nuclear waste dump, despite state legislation prohibiting the development.

WA Greens spokesperson for nuclear issues Robin Chapple MLC said it was shameful for this government to even consider a nuclear waste dump in this state, given the Nuclear Waste Storage and Transportation (Prohibition) Act 1999 was enacted by a liberal government.

“Terry Redman, the minister for lands, has admitted in parliament that he asked his office to draft a letter in support of Badja as a potential site for the proposed nuclear waste dump,” he said.

“They are trying to pull the wool over our eyes; this proposal is a blatant cash grab from a cash-strapped company with support from a cash-strapped government.

“Does he have support from his Liberal Party colleagues in taking this action? If so I would like to know how this government can justify such support.

“It is absolutely irresponsible to support a nuclear waste dump proposal on Aboriginal lands by Gindalbie Metals, a company heavily subsidised by the state government.

“Moreover, there has been no conversation with Widi Native Title claimants about the potentiality of such a development on their lands; a deal breaker at the very first step of such a process.”

For comment please contact Robin Chapple on 0409 379 263 or 9486 8255.

Media liaison: Tim Oliver // 0431 9696 25          

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