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Visiting the Cigeo Underground Laboratory in France, 500m underground. Image: Kyra Reznikov

What does the disposal of high level nuclear waste involve? Lawyer Kyra Reznikov travelled to Finland, France and the UK to find out just what South Australians should be considering, and answers our top four questions.


outh Australia’s Nuclear Fuel Cycle Royal Commission found that the State potentially has a lot to gain economically from building and operating a facility to dispose of high level nuclear waste from overseas. So what do these facilities look like, and can they be operated safely? Kyra Reznikov is the head of the Environment, Climate Change and Planning practice at Finlaysons Lawyers. In April this year,


she joined a study tour organised by the committee for Adelaide and visited Finland, France and the UK to investigate how their high level nuclear waste repositories have been developed, assessed and approved. She shares her learnings here, addressing some of the most important questions. Most South Australians have not had any experience with nuclear power. There are many things we need to question, investigate and discuss before we decide whether to follow the

recommendations in the Royal Commission’s report. Our community needs to properly understand the risks and opportunities of the disposal of high level waste and work through how we might be able to proceed from here. Learning from the experience of other countries that have been through this process is a good way to start an informed conversation.

Resourcing SA Spring 2016  

The Spring issue of Resourcing SA is full of stories relevant to all South Australians and more, electricity, nuclear, people in resources,...