Australia needs a radioactive waste dump. That was a difficult fact for me to admit after I heard today’s news that Australia will very likely pass the bill to build its first one in the foreseeable future. There is a lot of fear surrounding the word ‘radioactive’, and the word ‘dump’ suggests that we will be digging a large hole in the ground, pouring the muck in and leaving it to wreak havoc on the environment while we turn a blind eye.
That isn’t, however, the reality. Whether or not I think we should be producing radioactive waste is another matter entirely. The fact is we do. And at the moment we have no responsible way of dealing with it. Scotland and France are both babysitting our deadly sludge, but as of 2014 they’re handing it back. If we don’t have somewhere to put it… well, that’s a bit of a problem, isn’t it.
What I don’t understand is why we need to build it on an Aboriginal-owned cattle farm next to a creek. There is a lot of space out there without cattle farms or creeks. Why the Government feels the need to cause upheaval in people’s lives only it knows. And maybe I’ve seen too many movies, but surely putting a deadly substance near running water is madness. If the facility leaks it can be carried merrily out to sea.
What do you think? Should we have a radioactive dump in Australia at all? Should it be somewhere else? Or is this the only reasonable and responsible thing to do?
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