Friday, May 25, 2007

Nuclear waste

Looks like Australian of the Year Tim Flannery could be too late in opposing nuclear power in Australia

More steps need to be completed, but Australia could have its first nuclear waste facility within five years, Science Minister Julie Bishop says.

A group of Aboriginal landowners in the Northern Territory have offered their land as a site for a nuclear waste dump.

Northern Land Council (NLC) chairman John Daly today said the Aboriginal people from Muckaty Station, 120km north of Tennant Creek, had nominated their land for a commonwealth repository for low-level radioactive waste, with an above-ground store for intermediate level waste.

In return, the Ngapa traditional owners will receive a $12 million package, including an $11 million charitable trust and a $1 million education scholarship.

Site nominated for nuclear waste - National -

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