Put the brakes on toxic trucks - no nuclear waste at Muckaty
To: Resource Minister Martin Ferguson, Prime Minister Julia Gillard
To the Prime Minister Julia Gillard and Resource Minister Martin Ferguson, The Federal government is pushing ahead with a plan to dump Australia’s radioactive waste on contested Aboriginal land at Muckaty in the Northern Territory. This plan would mean more toxic trucks on our roads, more communities at risk, and more hazards for frontline workers. I’m asking the government pull the pin on plans to transport radioactive waste thousands of kilometres across Australia to Muckaty. Australia needs a public and comprehensive examination of how best to handle some of our worst industrial waste. Will you conduct an independent inquiry into the transport, management and long term storage of radioactive waste? We need you to act now for responsible radioactive waste management in Australia.
Why is this important?
Australia nuclear industry does create risks to our community, environment and future. Any incidents or accidents that occur are never be quickly or easily cleaned up. The Federal government has a controversial plan to build a national radioactive waste dump at Muckaty, near Tennant Creek in the Northern Territory. Many Aboriginal Traditional Owners from Muckaty alongside medical groups, environmental organisations, unions, churches and the NT government are calling on the Federal government to scrap the plan, and for an independent public inquiry.