Doctors to attend Tennant Creek rally against Muckaty radioactive waste facility

MEDIA RELEASE 21 May 2014

DOCTORS TO ATTEND RALLY AGAINST NUCLEAR WASTE DUMP AT MUCKATY

Members from the Northern Territory (NT) branch of the Medical Association for the Prevention of War (MAPW) will be attending the rally against the proposed radioactive waste dump at Muckaty, in Tennant Creek, Central Australia, this Sunday 28/ 05/14.

MAPW believes the federal government’s decision to impose the dump on Muckaty was based on political expediency, rather than principles of best practice. According to NT MAPW Spokesperson Dr. Tyler

‘The rally will raise a strong voice of local opposition to the proposed radioactive waste dump.’

The federal court hearing challenging the legitimacy of consent by traditional owners, and ongoing concern expressed by members of the Barkly Shire, highlights the lack of community consultation associated with the decision to have the dump at Muckaty.

Furthermore, Dr Keaney Is critical about the justification for the prosed repository.

“To say the dump is required for Australia’s ongoing nuclear medicine needs is simply not true. Most medical radionuclides can be disposed at the site of their production.”

NT MAPW supports an objective approach to managing Australia’s radioactive waste. Dr Tyler concluded by commenting

“The disposal of radioactive waste is a problem which has no solution. Radioactive waste management should not be based around short sighted and political expedient policy. We call for a national and open enquiry examining evidenced based and best practice solutions for these long lived and toxic substances.