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<p>BBC Learning English Words in the News 3rd March 2010 Australia debates nuclear waste</p> <p>Aboriginal groups are to debate controversial plans to build Australia's first nuclear waste dump on tribal land in the Northern Territory. Phil Mercer reports from Sydney:</p> <p>In the next six years nuclear waste that Australia sent to Europe for reprocessing will be returned but officials in Canberra have yet to decide where to put it.</p> <p>Muckaty Station, an isolated property 120 kilometres from Tennant Creek in the Northern Territory, has been chosen as a possible site. Local Aborigines have offered to sell the land for $11 million, a move that has infuriated other indigenous groups in the area, who worry about the health and environmental implications.</p> <p>These conflicting views are expected to collide at a public meeting in Tennant Creek, an old gold-mining town south of Darwin. Australian Greens Senator Scott Ludlam says the plan to build a radioactive waste dump in the region has become extremely divisive.</p> <p>Australia's federal government said that Muckaty Station would be subject to thorough scientific and environmental assessments. Ministers have indicated that the nuclear dump won't be built if landowners opposed it.</p> <p>Critics believe that recent earthquakes in that part of the Northern Territory have raised questions about the safety of the sites. The Australian Greens have said that radioactive waste should be stored at the country's only nuclear facility on the outskirts of Sydney.</p> <p>Phil Mercer, BBC News, Sydney</p> <p>Words in the News bbclearningenglish.com</p> <p> British Broadcasting Corporation 2010 Page 1 of 2</p> <p>Vocabulary and definitions reprocessing the treatment of waste so that is safer and can be used again an isolated property an area of land that is owned which is a long way from other towns and population centres infuriated indigenous groups to collide divisive thorough scientific and environmental assessments made very angry the native population of a particular area to crash into each other causing strong disagreement within a community very detailed studies to find out if the area is suitable and what the possible damage might be</p> <p>have indicated on the outskirts of</p> <p>have suggested in an area that is part of a city or town but is furthest from the centre</p> <p>More on this story: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/asia-pacific/8546690.stm Read and listen to the story and the vocabulary online:http://www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/learningenglish/language/wordsinthenews/2010/03/100303_witn_aborigine.shtml</p> <p>Words in the News bbclearningenglish.com</p> <p> British Broadcasting Corporation 2010 Page 2 of 2</p>