South Australia’s recent Nuclear Fuel Cycle Royal Commission has recommended avoiding some bad options: no nuclear power generation and no reprocessing or fuel leasing in the foreseeable future.
However, according to this oped by Professor John Willoughby, a bad option it found acceptable is allowing a proportion of the world’s most dangerous high-level nuclear waste to be transported to SA for long-term disposal.
The impact on life and health from a major release of radioactivity from nuclear accidents is severe and immediate, and the nuclear fuel chain discussion detracts from the challenges of finding a sustainable way to live without adding carbon dioxide and other heat-trapping gases to our atmosphere.
In contrast, renewable sources of energy (solar, wind) have no ongoing risks for the community and offer the best sollution towards a stable future.
This oped first appeared in the Advertiser on 18 February 2016. You can read the full article HERE.