Civilian applications of nuclear technology commonly produce intermediate-level radioactive waste that must be isolated from people and the biosphere for the next 100,000 or more years. To avoid unintended nuclear harms, these sites must be “marked”. Never in human history has comparable information to the problem of nuclear harm been communicated to beings living so far—i.e. up to 30,000 generations—into the future.
To avoid intrusion there is a debate as to how, if at all, these sites should be “marked” with symbols, images and warnings to future beings. The proposed project will investigate international best practice in “marking” deep geological nuclear waste repositories so as to inform Australian policy and practice consistent with the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples which demands “free, prior and informed consent”.