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Labor welcomes announcement of shortlisted sites for national radioactive waste management facility
THE HON GARY GRAY AO MP SHADOW MINISTER FOR RESOURCES MEMBER FOR BRAND
LABOR WELCOMES ANNOUNCEMENT OF SHORTLISTED SITES FOR NATIONAL RADIOACTIVE WASTE MANAGEMENT FACILITY
Shadow Minister for Resources Gary Gray welcomed today’s announcement of a shortlist of voluntarily-nominated sites to host a national radioactive materials management facility.
“A national facility is an important long-term solution to properly managing Australian-generated radioactive material,” said Mr Gray.
“It makes sense when you consider that this material is currently stored across more than 100 sites around Australia, including in hospitals, universities and filing cabinets.
“It will mean that Australia can adopt world’s best practice in managing the radioactive material that we produce, and that we can meet our international obligations to manage the very small levels of our own waste.
“Labor will work with the Government throughout the site selection and design process.
“There are strict regulatory requirements around this process. Community consultation and environmental assessment will be fundamental.
“Labor will listen and learn from potentially affected communities. I will visit these communities so Labor can be fully aware of their concerns and can work constructively and in a bipartisan manner with the Government.”
FRIDAY, 13 NOVEMBER 2015