Radioactive waste to go to Kemps Creek: Minister rules out all other options for radioactive waste


The O'Farrell Government has today confirmed that the dumping of 5,000 tonnes of radioactive waste in Kemps Creek is inevitable – and has ruled out dumping the toxic waste at any other site.

"The O'Farrell Government has today confirmed it will remove 5,000 tonnes of radioactive waste from Hunters Hill and dump it in the middle of western Sydney," Shadow Minister for the Environment, Luke Foley said.

"Under Opposition questioning during Budget Estimates, Minister for Finance and Services Greg Pearce ruled out sending the radioactive waste to any international, interstate or alternative NSW site.

"The Government's refusal to send the 5,000 tonnes of radioactive waste to any other site means it is inevitable the waste will be dumped at Kemps Creek.

"Barry O’Farrell has reversed the former Labor Government’s decision to stop the radioactive waste from being dumped near homes at the Kemps Creek waste facility in western Sydney.

“Prior to the election, Barry O’Farrell campaigned against the radioactive waste being dumped at Kemps Creek – now it has been revealed it was his plan all along.

"This is a massive slap in the face for western Sydney residents who voted for the O'Farrell Government believing it would keep radioactive waste out of their community.

"The Member for Mulgoa, Tanya Davies is giving the green light to a plan to dump 5,000 tonnes of radioactive waste in her own constituent's backyards.

"The radioactive waste could be sent to other sites interstate or overseas, but the O'Farrell Government is determined to dump it in Kemps Creek.

"This is a broken promise of epic proportions from the Premier and Member for Mulgoa and will see 5,000 tonnes of radioactive waste being dumped in the backyards of western Sydney families."