Whilst we applaud any efforts to ameliorate the effects of catastrophic climate and sea level change, caused by release of industrial greenhouse gases, we cannot support a nuclear industry as a solution. Caboolture is one of the proposed sites to house a Nuclear Power station and this cannot go ahead. The debate on uranium is flawed by a greed for export income. That bias manifests through ignoring a number of practical and moral arguments which we urge the Australian government and in particular John Howard to consider. These are:
1. WASTE DISPOSAL.
- Although the quantity of waste is small, no country at present has satisfactory storage and disposal means.
- The conversion of waste into ceramic materials that cannot be readily leached is not proceeding because it is too expensive.
- The underground disposal method being trialed in Sweden, which is the only acceptable method, still has 35 years to run before safety can be assessed.