The scale of this project is unprecedented. It has never …

Comment on Hazardous waste facility near Alice recommended by EPA by Torjan Horse.

The scale of this project is unprecedented. It has never been tried before in Australia.
A permanent toxic waste dump is not a solution to hazardous waste treatment in Australia as it will only be taking less than 5% of Australians total toxic waste stockpile.
This EPA assessment report acknowledges that the company will need to do more site specific investigations to verify the model and ensure that the project is capable of sealing the waste from the biosphere.
This means that EPA is currently not satisfied that the project will provide an effective seal from the biosphere. If they are not satisfied of this core concern then it is not clear why they have recommended approval.
The listed wastes that are proposed to be stored in the facility should be mandated in law.
There needs to be a guarantee from both NT Government and Federal Government that the facility will NEVER accept nuclear waste.
Central Australia has consistently rejected the possibility of storing nuclear waste and this project will not change that.

Recent Comments by Torjan Horse

Salt mines and tourism: bread and circuses
@ Lyndsay: Fair enough to be in defence of facts and a balanced discussion on projects yet you provide no material to actually substantiate such a balance.
You say the company has been transparent, could you please tell us exactly what waste the company intends to store? Could you tell us where it is coming from and how much will be coming?
Could you please tell us how a company which intends to leave the project after 25 years, will be able to safeguard the community and environment for hundreds of years? Will the company be paying royalties to the local community or the NT Government? Is there a waste royalty?
Your assumption that disposal is a fait accompli is also misguided.
The vast majority of waste we produce could be managed more responsibly than dumping it in the ground to forget about.
Yet this company is seeking to profit from final disposal only. Can you really see someone digging up the waste from the salt to ship it out of Alice? Let’s get real here.
Waste is a dirty game and our system is fraught and broken. We can’t sort out our recycling issue let alone the safe and responsible management of hazardous waste.
This project is an opportunistic reaction to a problem that deserves national attention and clear Federal government policy.


Youth crime: compassion alone is no solution
Erwin, you have not added anything positive or constructive. While you allege The Guardian article was misleading, you have done nothing here but the fan flames of controversy.
You have not offered any ways forward to help prevent crime nor alleviate the suffering of young people in detention. All you have done is criticise someone for writing in support of compassion.
Compassion, kindness and care is sorely missing from our public debates and discussion on this issue. It is disappointing that you have missed this opportunity to support a legitimate and well informed position on a painful topic.


Back to the future with Warren Snowdon
Labor have committed $1.5bn to gas infrastructure across the Beetaloo and Queensland.
Stating that the “The Commonwealth engagement is merely through the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act and the water trigger” is therefore factually incorrect.


The festival of lights – and phones 
A constitutionally enshrined voice to parliament for Australia’s First Nations people is an issue of national urgency. The history of our federal parliament has been to design laws that have created dispossession, oppression, disease and poverty for Aboriginal people. This needs to stop and a key part of that is ensuring that laws are developed with advice from First Nations people.

This was expressed at Parrtjima by Thomas Mayor who gave a call to action for people to ensure the Uluru Statement from the Heart is an election issue and that we have a referendum on it in the first term of a Labor government.

The value of this issue and the importance of Parrtjima in communicating issues like this is priceless. I am not sure a cost benefit analysis would be able to therefore prove anything about the true value of the Parrtjima experience.


Mineral exploration on the way up
The Chandler project is not simply a salt project.
The primary purpose of the project is to mine salt in order to create a void to dispose of huge quantities of hazardous waste.


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