Tell truth about nuclear

It is extremely disturbing there are foolish journalists like Caleb Bond publishing completely ignorant statements in the Advertiser (February 4) regarding the nuclear waste facility proposed for Napandee, near Kimba - and getting radio airtime.

He claims it's an absolute mystery as to why anyone would oppose the facility, that all those in opposition are 'environmentalist nuts'.

He claims there is a 'noisy minority' looking to legal action, although expresses doubt as to whether this could ever override Kimba's selection at this point.

Obviously, Mr Bond is unaware of the severe injustices and political under-representation of Indigenous people in Australia, or how this nuclear waste issue exemplifies Indigenous dis-empowerment.

The Barngarla Determination Aboriginal Corporation previously fought the Kimba District Council ballot in 2019 in an attempt to have views of Indigenous Native Title holders recognised on equal terms.

Given the obvious inequality in this dubious nuclear waste dump selection process and the Barngarla People's rejection, people are looking to further legal action since Napandee was confirmed.

If Mr Bond has such doubt that legal action would be successful, surely he is recognising the failure of our current legal system to ensure social and political justice, particularly to our First Nation's People?

He also claims the Lucas Heights facility has 'no issue' with nuclear safety and there is no problem with adequately managed nuclear waste.

If Mr Bond was putting his tax payer-funded university studies to good use, he would be well versed in investigative journalism and would have easily found ARPANSA's (Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency) independent safety review of the facility.

This determined the facility did not meet international safety standards.

It identified the facility experienced the only level three safety breach in the world for 2017 on the international nuclear event scale.

A worker suffered high levels of radiation exposure to the skin during a routine quality control procedure; the dose measuring 20 sieverts, 40 times the statutory annual dose limit of 0.5 sieverts.

This was one of four reportable safety breaches to occur in 10 months at the facility.

Despite constant pleas to the federal government for adequate funding to upgrade buildings and equipment, this has been rejected for the past decade at least.

If this Sydney facility is not receiving adequate funding to meet international safety guidelines (confirmed by ARPANSA), how will a small, isolated community like Kimba fair?

Will they seriously receive enough funding to support the continual operation and maintenance for hundreds to thousands of years? Unlikely.

What a shame selfish and arrogant journalists throw away an opportunity to bring out the truth and help ordinary people be heard, and instead use their position to dis-empower real people through misrepresentations and stereotypes.


Baird Bay, SA

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