This document comes from the Warlmanpa people, Traditional Owners of Muckaty Station. Muckaty has only recently been added to the list of proposed sites at the request of the Northern Land Council. Only one family group at Muckaty is supportive of placing a nuclear waste dump there. The majority are against the proposal and are not supported in this by the Northern Land Council. This contrasts to the support given by Central Land Council to the Traditional Owners at Mt Everard and Harts Range.
- approx. 50 cubic metres of highly radioactive waste produced from reprocessing more than a thousand existing and future spent reactor fuel roads from Lucas Heights in Sydney. This will be arriving over the next 40 years and it is expected that it will come through the Port of Darwin.
- approx. 130 drum per year of radioactive, compactible low-level solid waste comprising vials, gloves etc - again from Lucas Heights.
- approx. 20 drums per year of drums of solidified radioactive 'sludge' produced in the treatment of reactor wastewaters courtesy of Lucas Heights.
- Hundreds of tonnes of radioactive non-compactible contaminated items including materials from the decommissioned old Lucas Heights reactor, pipes, and machinery.
- A stockpile of over 5,000 drums of low-level radioactive waste which will be shipped from Lucas Heights.
- Over 800 drums of historical wastes including radioactive thorium, beryllium and uranium from Lucas Heights.
- Over 2000 litres of radioactive contaminated charcoal ex Lucas Heights.
- Around ten cubic metres of highly dangerous solidified molybdenum long-lived intermediate level waste produced by Lucas Heights.
- Over 2000 cubic metres of radio active contaminated soil currently stored at Woomera.
- Other Commonwealth Defence Department and CSIRO (Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation) historic radioactive waste.
So Miss Eagle smiles a wry smile. When needs must, strange bedfellows arise. The Howard Government has wanted to eliminate the land councils. Now, it may need a Land Council to get what it wants. Mmm.....The Traditional Owners have come up with their own symbol which they are asking people to wear to protest the use and pollution of their lands.
- Alexander Downer, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, has said:
- Brendan Nelson, Minister for Defence and formerly Science Minister, has said:
- Julie Bishop, formerly Science Minister and currently Minister for Education, has said: