Want to read Slashdot from your mobile device? Point it at m.slashdot.org and keep reading!


Forgot your password?
Australia Power

Dump World's Nuclear Waste In Australia, Says Ex-PM Hawke 213

mdsolar writes: "[Former Australian Prime Minister Bob Hawke said] Australia bore a responsibility to assist with the safe disposal of radioactive waste, given the ample space the country possesses. 'If Australia has – as we do – the safest remote locations for storing the world's nuclear waste, we have a responsibility to make those sites available for this purpose,' he said. Hawke based this conclusion on a 25-year-old report made by Ralph Slayter, whom the former prime minister appointed as Australia's first chief scientist back in 1989. According to Slayter's report, some of the remote reaches of the Northern Territory and Western Australia could provide apt dumping grounds for radioactive waste."
This discussion has been archived. No new comments can be posted.

Dump World's Nuclear Waste In Australia, Says Ex-PM Hawke

Comments Filter:
  • by Baby Duck (176251) on Friday May 23, 2014 @09:27AM (#47074173) Homepage
    The problem is getting it safely to central Australia in the first place. Lots of disasters can happen en route. The same resistance is found in the USA. People near railroads and interstates that will transport waste to American deserts are nervous.
  • geological stability (Score:4, Informative)

    by mdsolar (1045926) on Friday May 23, 2014 @09:32AM (#47074209) Homepage Journal
    There is some evidence of geological stability there: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/N... [wikipedia.org]
  • by Charliemopps (1157495) on Friday May 23, 2014 @09:47AM (#47074289)

    Nevada's got a fair number of fault lines. I know there was a lot of politics involved in Yucca mountain, but I do know that there are a number of real concerns in regards to fault lines and similar.

    Real concerns? No...

    There was a fault line discovered after the site was built. But it did not run under the storage facility. It an under a nearby area where waste was supposed to cool before storage. They moved this cooling area to avoid the fault line. There are earthquakes in the area, there are everywhere... Also keep in mind, the size of the seismic activity needed to harm the facility in any way would have to be so large that any hazardous waste leak that resulted from it would be more of an afterthought compared to the destruction from the quake itself.

The confusion of a staff member is measured by the length of his memos. -- New York Times, Jan. 20, 1981