TWO fresh sites nominated at Kimba for nuclear waste facility

Federal Minister for Resources Senator Matt Canavan
Federal Minister for Resources Senator Matt Canavan

TWO Kimba landowners have nominated their properties to be the site for the federal government’s National Radioactive Waste Management Facility. 

The site nominations come after the Working for Kimba’s Future Group invited representatives from the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science to Kimba earlier this year, to assess and revisit the potential for a nuclear waste facility in this district.

Kimba was previously considered as a potential site for a national facility but following community consultation last year, the government chose another site at Barndioota, in the state’s far north, for further investigations.

Federal Minister for Resources, Senator Matt Canavan said no decision had been made as to whether the nominations would be accepted. 

“The government has always said it remains open to receiving new land nominations, and that each would be assessed on the individual merits of the site,” Mr Canavan said. 

“I have asked my department to begin reviewing the new nominations, and advise as to whether either should be progressed further and shortlisted.”

Under the National Radioactive Waste Management Act 2012, a landowner may nominate land to host this facility until a final site is decided upon by the Australian government.

The government has said both new sites will be subject to a comprehensive analysis, including scoring them on measures such as technical suitability, community wellbeing, health, safety and the environment.

“If that is the case, and I progress a nomination, public consultation of no less than 60 days would begin to determine if broad community support exists to take this nomination to a further, second phase of detailed technical review and consultation,” Mr Canavan said. 

The second-phase assessment of a nominated site at Barndioota is continuing and includes an Independent Heritage Assessment, site-specific technical studies and detailed public consultation.

Details of the site selection process are available at www.radioactivewaste.gov.au/site-selectionprocess/assessing-site, and details of nomination guidelines and multi-criteria analysis can be found at www.radioactivewaste.gov.au/site-selection-process/nominating-site.