Citizens’ juries to consider SA’s nuclear future

Citizens’ juries show potential as a way for governments to take the heat out of contentious issues, with evidence-informed consideration of contentious policy by regular people having the ability to reshape often staid debates.

So as South Australia is tossing up whether to create a nuclear waste dump to take spent fuel from around the world, the state government has decided to convene two citizens’ juries to consider the future of the nuclear fuel cycle in the state.

SA’s Nuclear Fuel Royal Commission report, publicly released on Monday, argues it can safely increase its participation in the nuclear fuel cycle, bringing economic benefits to a state in need of a boost and even helping cut carbon emissions.

It made 12 recommendations, including that SA pursue the opportunity to establish facilities for the storage and disposal of used nuclear fuel and intermediate level waste, and that federal restrictions on nuclear power generation be removed.

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