Nuclear waste legacy must be focus of any inquiry


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Australia needs to solve the nuclear waste legacy issue, not create a bigger mess by going down the nuclear power path, the Greens say.

"Nuclear energy is illegal in Australia for good reason - the Australian people do not want it. Opening up new avenues of nuclear waste when we don't know what to do with the waste we already have is ludicrous," Greens nuclear spokesperson Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

"Any nuclear inquiry must focus on the waste legacy nuclear industries have created. This is the problem that needs to be solved, not where we are going to get our energy from.

"Nuclear is dangerous, water intensive, wildly expensive, and would take more than a decade to build. We can't manage the low-level waste we have now,  let alone go down the nuclear power path. While the Nationals are trying to put nuclear on the agenda, safety breaches at Lucas Heights are putting workers at risk.

"And with Australians embracing renewable energy it makes no sense to go nuclear now.

"We've been down this road in South Australia. Nuclear power, and waste storage have been widely rejected in our state. The Nationals MPs should name the town they want to put a nuclear power plant in and explain how they'll deal with the waste.

"The Greens remain committed to blocking any moves to overturn the ban on nuclear power in Australia."

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