23 SEPTEMBER 2015 - PUBLIC SESSIONS - TOPICS 1 & 3

Day Five review:

South Australia’s geology and hydrogeology was the focus of investigations today at the Nuclear Fuel Cycle Royal Commission in Adelaide.

Groundwater management and the impact of mining developments, was covered during the morning session, as the Commission concentrated on Topic 3 – the geology and hydrogeology of South Australia.

Witnesses Neil Power and Lloyd Sampson, from the SA’s Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources, covered a range of topics, such as water security and management policy, the assessment of mining developments and their interaction with groundwater.

Other topics included:

  • Overview of groundwater resources in South Australia
  • Groundwater monitoring and management
  • Vulnerabilities and risks to groundwater and their regulation.

The afternoon witness was Professor John Quiggin, from the University of Queensland, and a member of the Climate Change Authority. Prof Quiggin, who was due to give evidence on the first day of the public sessions on September 10, covered Topic 1 – Climate Change and Energy Policy.

His evidence reflected:

  • Low cost methods of abatement of greenhouse gases in Australia
  • Energy demand trends in Australia and internationally
  • Challenges to nuclear power viability in Australia.

Video and transcripts of each session will be uploaded into the Public Sessions archive.

The next public session is on Tuesday, September 29, 2015, in the Commission’s office, 50 Grenfell St, Adelaide.

Click here for topic and witness lists for Day One, Topic 4 – Low carbon energy generation options.