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Maralinga - Australia's Nuclear Waste Cover-up

By: Alan Parkinson (200/35694)
Publisher: ABC Books ISBN: 978-0-733-321085.

In April 2000, a $108 million clean-up of the former British A-bomb test site in outback South Australia was wound-up. It was declared a success and the Maralinga Tjarutja people were reassured that it would be safe to move back onto their lands. The clean-up was declared a world-first, the biggest and most successful ever, and world best practice.

But leaked documents show that behind the scenes, the project had been increasingly troubled. Some key insiders say the job was never finished properly and there are lethal levels of plutonium scattered over thousands of hectares of the original Maralinga test site. There is also evidence of non-competitive tenders for the clean-up job with no real analysis of what such an extensive and important project this was.

This is the inside story of the Australia's most disastrous nuclear wast clean-up, the legacy of which will affect the Australian population for many years to come.

August 2007

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