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Thursday, 20 December 2012

Radioactive concerns for Sydney

Updated: 06:34, Thursday December 20, 2012

Radioactive concerns for Sydney

The NSW opposition says state government plans to store radioactive waste in Sydney's west could pose health risks to locals.
The state government plans to store potentially hazardous radioactive waste from the former Hunters Hill uranium smelter at Lidcombe, with non-hazardous material being sent to Kemps Creek.
But opposition environment spokesman Luke Foley said on Monday that NSW Premier Barry O'Farrell was 'ploughing ahead with taking radioactive dirt from Hunters Hill and dumping it on the people of western Sydney'.
Mr Foley said the government was 'condemning the people of western Sydney to 300 years of risk from radioactive material sitting within metres from streets and homes'.
The government has said any hazardous waste from the former uranium smelter would be kept at a secret Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH) facility at Lidcombe.
The facility has been taking radioactive material, including waste from hospitals, for more than 20 years, it said.
About 200 people attended a public meeting on the issue in Penrith on Monday night.
A spokeswoman for NSW Finance Minister Greg Pearce confirmed to AAP that no hazardous waste would go to the Kemps Creek waste facility at Penrith.
'Nothing that is classified as hazardous will go to Kemps Creek, it's all going to this facility at Lidcombe. The non-hazardous stuff will go to Kemps Creek,' the spokeswoman said.
She said the whole process would be overseen by the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO).

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