Australia passes controversial nuclear waste bill

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Lanifestation anti-nucléaire à Melbourne le 11 mars 2012 © TIM WRIGHT / Japanese for Peace / AFP

Radioactive material set to be dumped in remote Aboriginal community, despite ongoing court case into legality of proposal

The Australian government has passed legislation that will create the country’s first nuclear waste dump, despite fierce opposition from environmental and Aboriginal groups.

The passage of the National Radioactive Waste Management Bill 2010 through the Senate paves the way for a highly controversial plan to store nuclear waste in Muckaty Station, a remote Aboriginal community in the arid central region of the Northern Territory.

The Guardian.

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