Target: South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill
Goal: Stop plans to dump nuclear waste in Australian outback.
Nuclear waste may be dumped in the Australian outback simply for the purpose of economic gain. The South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill hopes to look into opportunities to expand the nuclear industry in the state, and the Nuclear Fuel Cycle Royal Commission’s initial findings conclude that using the Australian outback as an international nuclear waste dump could be the economic answer. We must stop this decision to dump toxic nuclear waste on Aboriginal land.
Over the last 20 years, federal governments have been trying to persuade or coerce Aboriginal communities to accept waste sites on their remote lands. Local communities at other sites have also voiced their concern. Australia has limited experience with the nuclear industry and are lacking in the infrastructure and regulatory framework necessary for managing this waste. There are also state and federal laws that preclude radioactive waste dumping. The issue has become political, as this is a federal election year.
Countries with a better track record regarding the disposal of nuclear waste are still bearing the huge cost involved both environmentally and economically. Sign this petition and show the Australian leadership that the decision to dump nuclear materials should not be made solely on economic merit.
Dear Premier Weatherill,
The nuclear industry in South Australia, especially in regards to international nuclear waste, points toward what might seem like an economic boon, but the potential for damage outweighs any possible gains.
Radioactive waste management is a huge environmental challenge. After 70 years of commercial nuclear power, the nations of the world still have not found a final disposal site for the radioactive waste produced. Failed projects, delays and exorbitant costs, not to mention the environmental damage, should all be taken into consideration.
On top of that, the efforts to convince the Aboriginal and other communities to accept waste sites on their lands go against their wishes and their rights to live safely. It’s hard not to be cynical in an election year, when economic gains are weighed more favorably against ecological and environmental pollution from radioactive materials.
This issue will come before the public for debate, and all options must be considered, especially alternatives to these radioactive dumping sites. I urge you to rethink the plans to host the nuclear waste of the world on your doorstep.
[Your Name Here]
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