Nuclear Fuel Cycle Royal Commission report released

Posted 9 May 2016

The Final Report of the Royal Commission into the Nuclear Fuel Cycle has been publicly released by Premier Jay Weatherill.

The report makes 12 key recommendations regarding the deepening of South Australia’s involvement in the nuclear fuel cycle, including pursuing the establishment of nuclear fuel and intermediate level waste storage facilities in South Australia.

Cabinet Ministers were today briefed on the Report by former Royal Commissioner Kevin Scarce, who delivered the Report to the Governor on Friday 6 May.

A community engagement process on the Report’s findings will be unveiled in the coming days. The outcomes of this process will help inform the Government’s response to the Report, to be delivered to the Parliament by the end of this year.

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The Commission was established in March last year to consider the practical, economic and ethical issues raised by South Australia’s deeper potential involvement in nuclear mining, enrichment, energy and storage.

In its investigations, the Royal Commission heard from 132 expert witnesses, including 41 international experts, over 37 sitting days.

The Commission’s Tentative Findings were released on February 15 this year, attracting a further 170 direct responses, and their Final Report was presented to the Governor on Friday, May 6.

The Royal Commission was conducted at cost of $7.2 million.

Quotes attributable to Premier Jay Weatherill

On behalf of the South Australian Government, I thank Mr Scarce and his team for their excellent work in putting together this highly detailed Report.

I would also like to thank everyone who contributed to the Commission – by taking part in public forums, making a submission or giving expert advice.

The Royal Commission’s Final Report provides a substantial evidence base for South Australians to consider, and marks the start of a very important conversation about the future of our State.

The Royal Commission has found that it is both safe and viable to pursue a used fuel waste storage facility, and this would have extraordinary economic benefits for South Australia.

The Commissioner has also found that without broad social and specific community consent, such a proposal would not be achievable.

I will soon be outlining how South Australians can get involved in the next phase of this important discussion.

I encourage all South Australians to familiarise themselves with this report so that they can participate in this important decision about our State’s future.