Calls for amendments to government’s AUKUS nuclear waste bill

A nuclear waste facility could be built anywhere in Australia if the Federal Government's proposed bill to regulate the storage of nuclear waste was to pass.

Greens Senator David Shoebridge spoke with Sky News Australia, raising the need for amendments to ensure proper consultation before a site can be chosen.

“The legislation literally says no consultation required, you could wake up one morning and find that the industrial land next to your property has been designated a high-level nuclear waste dump by Minister Marles,” Mr Shoebridge said.

calls for amendments to government’s aukus nuclear waste bill

Calls for amendments to government’s AUKUS nuclear waste bill

The government’s proposed Naval Nuclear Power Safety Bill creates a framework to regulate nuclear waste created by the AUKUS submarines.

The legislation notes that any area prescribed by the regulations to be a designated zone can become a designated zone.

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