The Commissioner of the Nuclear Fuel Cycle Royal Commission, Rear Admiral the Honourable Kevin Scarce AC CSC RANR (Rtd) detailed two key milestones today with the announcement of the Expert Advisory Committee and the first of the Commission’s Issues Papers.

The Expert Advisory Committee comprises of eminent leaders from academia, law, industry and the community and includes:

  • Visiting Professor at University College London, Dr Timothy Stone CBE
  • Professor of Environmental Sustainability University of Tasmania, Professor Barry Brook
  • Past president of the Australian Conservation Foundation and Emeritus Professor of Science, Technology and Society at Griffith University, Ian Lowe AO
  • South Australia’s Chief Scientist & biotechnology expert, Dr Leanna Read
  • Former Director General of the Australian Safeguards and Non Proliferation Office (ASNO), Mr John Carlson AM

Commissioner Scarce said the Expert Advisory Committee had been engaged to provide high-level expert advice to him and the Commission’s staff for the duration of the Royal Commission.

“The members of this Committee have been chosen to ensure that the Commission receives a broad range of advice and reflects the diversity of views that the community holds,” he said.

“The membership of the Committee comprises both proponents and opponents of the nuclear fuel cycle, and I believe this type of diverse contribution will ultimately allow the Royal Commission to develop a comprehensive final report.”

Commissioner Scarce said that the release of the first of four Issues Papers today, titled Exploration, Extraction and Milling, was a key milestone for the Royal Commission and marked the start of the formal engagement process.

“Today is also an important step in the consultation process with the release of the first Issues Paper, which will help guide the community and industry in their understanding of the nuclear fuel cycle and assist them in making their submissions,” he said.

“I want this Royal Commission to be a far reaching inquiry into the nuclear fuel cycle, investigating the associated risks and opportunities.

“I am seeking to engage in a conversation with the South Australian community, speak to people, hear their lived experience and obtain the views of those who wish to have a say on this important matter.”

The Commission also announced its first public forum will be held at Mount Gambier City Hall at noon on Monday, April 20, with future metropolitan and regional meeting dates to be confirmed.

Written submissions can be made through www.nuclearrc.sa.gov.au and must be lodged by July 24, 2015.



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