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Nuclear royal commission: Citizens’ jury questions safety concerns surrounding dump proposal via ABC

A grassroots report into a proposal to build a high-level nuclear waste dump in South Australia has identified safety as a major concern.

The report by a citizens’ jury of 50 randomly selected South Australians also found “significant additional research” is required before residents can make an “informed decision”.

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Nuclear radiation a concern to people, environment

The citizens jury was formed to decide which elements of the royal commission’s recommendations need to be discussed in more detail.

In the nine-page document the jury put forward four themes that future discussion should centre on, including trust and accountability and the economics of the proposal.

The jury’s report also identified safety as a major priority.

“The considerations include but [are] not limited to geological, seismic, acts of terrorism, health, and transport.”

The report concluded that the type of waste storage facility proposed for SA was unlike any in operation “anywhere yet in the world, but sites are being developed in Finland, Sweden and France”.

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The report will help set the agenda for a three-month public consultation period, which will begin later this month.

“Our challenge is to build and maintain trust by avoiding repeating past mistakes,” it said.

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