Minerals council welcomes SA govt support of Nuclear Royal Commission

The Minerals Council of Australia (MCA) has welcomed the South Australian government’s support of recommendations of the Nuclear Fuel Cycle Royal Commission.

Although the government did not support all 12 recommendations, they did agree on a nine of them, including simplifying mining approvals for uranium and supporting scientific studies on where particular ores can be discovered, the Herald Sun reports.

The MCA particularly welcomed the support of a simplified approval process, saying it “provides a bipartisan base for much needed reform”.

“The industry commends the Weatherill government in its initiative to maintain the debate on what additional role the state can play in the nuclear fuel cycle,” the MCA said.

Among those rejected was a recommendation that the SA government remove state legislation preventing a detailed analysis of creating nuclear waste storage in the state.

This comes after a citizen’s jury rejected the proposal to develop a high level nuclear waste dump in the state, citing cost and safety concerns.

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