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Australian Greens Senator Visits Lucas Heights

Last year the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO) issued a press release stating that the Australian Greens had failed to take up their invitation to visit the facility.

While this was untrue, as Senator Kerry Nettle had visited the site, the Greens Spokesperson for Nuclear issues, Senator Scott Ludlam accepted their invitation and visited today.

"The government should shut-down its strife ridden OPAL reactor, so that Lucas Heights can focus on its strengths in waste management," said Senator Ludlam.

"I recognise we have a problem with nuclear waste in this country and given its professional expertise, Lucas Heights is best equipped to deal with that. The government still has not made the case for remote dumping of nuclear waste and that is why the waste dumping expertise of Lucas Heights is valuable."

"While Lucas Heights has been able to manage nuclear waste effectively, its reactor on the other hand, has been a multi-million dollar failure. Despite costing more than $432 million, fuel problems shut the reactor down for 341 days between April 2007 and September 2008. The reactor was operation for only 132 days in 15 months!"

"The government should close the reactor, so that Lucas Heights can focus on its strength in managing nuclear waste. The strife-ridden reactor is emblematic of the nuclear power industry. If this reactor, with all these resources at its disposal can't work, then surely the government must recognise that other reactors are also destined for failure?" Senator Ludlam concluded.


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