Radioactive waste dump a 'toxic idea' for Darling Downs

GREENS groups and environmentalists have made it clear where they stand on the issue of storing nuclear waste on the Darling Downs: they are united against it.

The Federal Government yesterday announced the district of Oman Ama, east of Inglewood, was on a shortlist to house low-level nuclear waste.

Darling Downs Environment Council president Paul King said the Darling Downs was in no way an appropriate place for the storage of nuclear waste.

"There are too many implications, groundwater is not the last of them.

"If contamination does occur we're talking about the sterilisation of vast areas of agricultural land.

"It's some of the best land in the country and certainly the best in this state and that is not worth any short-term gain."

Mr King said there was also the potential for an accident while the hazardous waste was being transported.

"Imagine if it happened in a town like Allora on the way, that would be a catastrophe for the people of that area."

Mr King's voice was one of a chorus against the proposal.

The Australian Greens said the Federal Government should prioritise the production of non-reactor medical isotopes and cease production of intractable wastes.

Labor candidate for Groom Bronwyn Herbertson and Labor candidate for Maranoa Dave Kerrigan also expressed their outrage.


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