National Radioactive Waste Management Facility.

National Radioactive Waste Management Facility

The Australian Government has recognised the need for a single radioactive waste facility following numerous parliamentary inquiries and reports. This is in line with international best practice.

There are currently three sites in SA being considered for the National Radioactive Waste Management Facility (NRWMF). These are:

  • One site at Wallerberdina Station, via Hawker,
  • And two sites at Kimba.

National Radioactive Waste Management Facility.Selection of the site is dependant on a community poll to be conducted by the Australian Electoral Commission. The community that is successfully chosen as the site for the NRWMF will receive a community development package of up to $31 million.

The Facility

The NRWMF will comprise a 40-hectare facility set inside a 60-hectare buffer zone, for a total of 100 hectares.

The Facility will consolidate low level radioactive waste from 100 sites around Australia. Low level radioactive waste will be permanently stored at the Facility. Intermediate level waste will be temporarily stored at the Facility, pending the identification of a different site for the permanent disposal of this waste.

Community Concerns

GPSA acknowledges there are substantial differences of opinion amongst its members as to whether the Facility should proceed in the short-listed locations, including selected sites on the Eyre Peninsula. Concerns have been raised over potential impacts on farm values and commodity prices.

GPSA has not adopted a formal position on the proposed Facility.

GPSA has met with the Minister for Resources and Northern Australia Senator Matthew Canavan to raise and discuss concerns regarding the proposed Facility.

GPSA can confirm the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources and Food Standards Australia and New Zealand provided assurance that the strict licensing requirements to be imposed by ARPANSA mean the Facility poses no risk to human health, the environment or agricultural produce.    

Primary responsibility for regulatory controls over radioactive materials rests with the independent radiation protection and nuclear safety regulator, Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency (ARPANSA).

Further Resources

The Department of Industry, Innovation and Science has provided a number of fact sheets which will be of assistance to GPSA members:

The need for a NRWMF

NRWMF and Agriculture

NRWMF Jobs

NRWMF Safety and Security

Selecting the NRWMF site

NRWMF Regulation


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