Following further consultation, the Australian government today confirmed that a site for the location of our country’s national radioactive waste management facility has been selected, near the town of Kimba in South Australia.
The government has acquired approximately 211 hectares of land at Napandee, 24km west of Kimba, where the facility will be built after detailed designs, technical and heritage studies are completed.
Under the relevant legislation, the effect of the declaration is that the land is acquired by commonwealth.
“I’m pleased to confirm we have reached a major milestone in our work to deliver this national facility, and a solution that has eluded consecutive governments for more than 40 years,” minister Pitt said.
“This new facility will create 45 new, permanent jobs in the local Kimba community, in fields as diverse as security, administration, environmental monitoring, scientific services, health and safety.”
Australia’s radioactive waste is currently spread over more than 100 locations around the country including in science facilities, universities and hospital basements.