New South Wales should repeal nuclear bans, inquiry concludes
The government of New South Wales should support the repeal in its entirety of legislation that prohibits uranium mining and nuclear facilities in the Australian state, an inquiry by the state's Upper House has concluded. As well as encouraging and supporting uranium exploration, the state should also pursue the repeal of federal prohibitions on nuclear facilities, it recommends. The inquiry was established in June last year by the State Development Committee to consider the Uranium Mining and Nuclear Facilities (Prohibitions) Repeal Bill 2019, which is legislation that is being proposed to remove state-based prohibitions on uranium mining and the construction and operation of nuclear facilities in New South Wales that have been in place since 1987. The inquiry received 72 submissions from Australia and overseas and held three hearings during September and November. Its final report, published today, now goes forward to the state's Upper House for its consideration.