In May 2016, a high-level international waste dump was recommended for South Australia by the Nuclear Royal Commission, following the South Australian Government announcing a Royal Commission into Nuclear Fuel Cycle in February 2015. 

We know that a high-level international radioactive waste dump is just not worth the risk, nor is it the right path for our state. In the face of significant political and media pressure, Conservation SA has been leading the fight against it.

We have commissioned a series of expert critiques of the overblown economics of the proposal (funded by a generous donor) and as a result, the potential profits from a dump are now being openly questioned.

We have helped slow the push for nuclear power by producing a highly influential analysis that demonstrated that 100% renewable energy was credible and affordable for South Australia.

Our state already leads the nation in renewable energy and we believe our future is renewable, not radioactive.

South Australians have a long history of opposing waste dumps and have state legislation opposing it. Conservation SA is working hard to have a voice in the debate and represent many South Australians who don't want us to go down the nuclear path.





The Australia Insitute Report - Digging for answers. Response to tentative findings: Radioactive waste storage and disposal facilities in South Australia

This second of two reports prepared by leading economic think-tank The Australia Institute as commissioned by Conservation SA.



Nuclear Factsheets

This series of factsheets answers your questions and myth-busts claims around a high-level nuclear waste dump for SA.


Release of SA Nuclear Royal Commission Tentative Findings Report 

Read our summary and initial response here.


The Australia Insitute Report - The impossible dream. Free electricity sounds too good to be true - it is

This first of two reports prepared by leading economic think-tank The Australia Institute as commissioned by Conservation SA.


A Critique of the South Australian Nuclear Fuel Cycle Royal Commission

Conservation SA, the Australian Conservation Foundation and Friends of the Earth Australia commissioned an assessment of the Commission's progress.

View and download the report.


Three sites short-listed for nuclear waste dump in SA

The Federal Government has announced three sites in SA have been short-listed for a nuclear waste dump. The sites are Cortlinye and Pinkawillinie near Kimba on the Eyre Peninsula, and Barndioota near Hawker, north of Port Augusta. Anyone with a right or interest in the nominated land (any of the proposed waste dump sites), including people from local communities near the sites, was invited to comment on the proposal. Comments closed 11 March 2016. More information about this process is available via this link.

If you missed the deadline for comments - let the Government know how you feel by completing their feedback survey


Issues Papers

Conservation SA commissioned Friends of the Earth campaigner and longtime nuclear expert Dr Jim Green to produce a detailed exploration of all the issues the Nuclear Royal Commission needs to look at.

Conservation SA does not support any expansion of SA's role in the nuclear fuel cycle, and this document explains very clearly why this is.

Nuclear Royal Commission Issues

Nuclear Royal Commission Issues - summary version


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Contact Conservation SA on (08) 8223 5155, [email protected], or at our offices at the Joinery at 111 Franklin Street, Adelaide.

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