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Nuclear dump modelling biased: Greens

AAP logoAAP 2/11/2016

The Greens say the South Australian government should stop considering building a nuclear waste dump in the state because its economic modelling is biased,.

Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young is calling on the state government to drop the idea after it was revealed two contributors to a royal commission on SA's involvement in the nuclear cycle were leaders of a nuclear industry lobby group.

Association for Regional and International Underground Storage President Charles McCombie and Vice-President Neil Chapman were two of six authors of a cost analysis and business case for storing nuclear waste in SA.

The case was referenced in the royal commissions final report, delivered in May, which recommended SA consider establishing a dump because of the potential economic benefits.

Ms Hanson-Young says the ARIUS leaders' contribution to the commission's economic modelling means it is a "sham".

"It's not surprising that a pro-nuclear organisation would come up with economic modelling that supports turning SA into the world's waste dump," she said in a statement on Thursday.

"This agenda driven and biased modelling formed the central plank of the government's push for nuclear storage which should now be dropped, once and for all."

But former Royal Commissioner Kevin Scarce said there was no conflict of interest.

"The conflict of interest would arise if they were the only source of information that we were using to assess the evaluation. They were not," he told ABC radio.

The state government will likely decide whether to proceed with the dump by year's end.

It will be informed by the recommendations of a second citizens' jury, which will meet for the third and final time on the weekend.

Conservation SA chief executive Craig Wilkins said asking pro-nuclear advocates for independent advice on storing nuclear waste was like asking a Sea Shepherd crew to provide an independent review of whaling.

"We, the people of SA, have been duped," he said in a statement.

"These revelations raise serious doubts about the quality and integrity of the royal commission findings and reveal a gaping flaw in its business case."

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