|Nuclear waste dump plan on Aboriginal land abandoned
Plans to locate Australia's first nuclear waste dump in a remote outback area were dropped Thursday after a long battle with traditional Aboriginal landowners.
Muckaty Station in the Northern Territory was nominated in early 2007 as a site to store low and intermediate radioactive waste under a deal negotiated with the Aboriginal Ngapa clan.
But four other clans also laid claim to the land and said it was adjacent to a sacred site, waging a long fight to have the decision revoked.
A Federal Court trial began this month with opponents claiming the nomination was invalid due to a failure of the government and the Northern Land Council (NLC) to obtain the consent of all Aboriginal owners.
The land council, the indigenous organization which helped negotiate the deal, said it stood by the process which led to the nomination but had decided not to go ahead.
The court case was dismissed Thursday with no admission of liability.
NLC chief executive Joe Morrison said that Aus$12 million that had been on the table from the government as compensation for the community would now not be paid. --AFP