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STERITECH NUCLEAR FOOD PLANT REVEALS FATAL FLAW IN STATE PLANNING LAWS

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May 2, 2001


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STERITECH NUCLEAR FOOD PLANT REVEALS FATAL FLAW IN STATE PLANNING LAWS

The approval of a nuclear food facility in Narangba in South East Qld, without proper public consultation or impact assessment, has revealed fatal flaws in the Qld Governments Integrated Planning Act claimed the Brisbane Region Environment Council(BREC).

"We warned the government when the Act was introduced that its failure to require mandatory impact assessment could lead to nuclear facilities being approved without public notification or assessment and they said it couldn't happen. Well now it has! " said Michael Petter Coordinator BREC.

The food irradiation facility was approved by a local authority without public notification or a public EIS process. The site of the Steritech proposal is completely surrounded by endangered plant communities and it drains into the Ramsar listed Hayes Inlet. They apparently want to store 25 years supply of toxic and radioactive Cobalt 60 on the site. There are no details available about where the Cobalt 60 will be transported from, how it will get to Narangba or what will happen to it after it becomes "spent" ?

It can only arrive by air, sea or land(road/rail). The port is surrounded by a marine park, the rail runs through the CBD and the road(gateway) runs through suburbs and the Boondall and Tinchi Tamba Wetlands.

BREC has serious concerns about its effects on foodstuffs, the worlds nuclear regulator has no records of having given approval for the irradiation of any classes of foods in Australia.

BREC is also very concerned about the long term effects on workers at the facility. The last time this sort of proposal was tried in the 1980's it was opposed by a coalition of local councils, unions, NGOs and the local community for these reasons.

BREC calls on the State Government to amend the IPA to ensure nuclear facilities must be impact assessable and to reject any nuclear food facilities on state land. We call on Local authorities that are Nuclear Free to oppose the transport of these materials through their area. We call on unions to boycott the handling of nuclear materials and to "green ban" the Steritech site.

"We believe that the public has the right to know and have a say before nuclear facilities are approved and we also believe the public should be asked before our food supply is irradiated" Mr Petter concluded

 

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