Need for nuclear waste dump just govt ‘scaremongering’

DOCTORS have dismissed suggestions a nuclear waste facility is needed for nuclear medicine and questioned whether remote storage of spent radioactive materials is necessary at all.

The reaction comes as the government is this week expected to debate a proposal for a nuclear dump in the Indigenous-controlled Muckaty Station in the Northern Territory. An ongoing legal challenge against a Muckaty facility is also scheduled to continue in October.

"Linking the alleged need for a central radioactive waste storage facility with the production of isotopes for nuclear medicine is misleading,” Melbourne nuclear radiologist Dr Peter Karamoskos said in a statement.

He said any decision on a radioactive dump in the Northern Territory “will in no way affect my nuclear medicine practice nor that of any of my colleagues around Australia”. He said government claims that a waste facility was needed to support nuclear medicine was &ldquo

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