Clans challenge plan for N-waste dump

Lindsay Murdoch, 13/4/10

A Federal government proposal to build a nuclear waste dump in the Northern Territory faces a fresh challenge from Aboriginal land owners who claim their “dreaming” and traditional laws overlap the nominated site. Senior elders from five clans that own Muckaty Station, where the Rudd government wants to build the dump, have briefed lawyers to mount a legal challenge to the nomination of the site by one family group that has been offered $12 million. Muckaty is the only site being considered for the dump, needed to store nuclear waste that has been accumulating around Australia for 50 years. Further radioactive waste from the reprocessing of spent research reactor fuel that Australia has sent to Scotland and France for decades, must be returned to Australia in 2015 and 2016.