Plans to build a nuclear waste facility at Muckaty Station in the Northern Territory have progressed according to Federal Government industry briefing documents.

The documents show Spanish radioactive waste management body ENRESA has drawn up concept designs for a $130million nuclear waste storage facility.

The documents reveal the facility could be up and running by 2019.

A Federal Court case brought by Aboriginal traditional owners fighting plans to use the land as a nuclear waste dump is scheduled to be heard in June next year.

And the Federal Industry Minister said he would like to get legal advice before he makes any decisions about the proposed dump.

Ian Macfarlane said he will not make any "knee-jerk" decisions about the dump location at Muckaty Station about 100km north of Tennant Creek.

"I've asked for a brief on this matter, it is a complicated legal matter and I am looking to the opportunity to meet with traditional owners," Mr Macfarlane said.

"I would like to go up to Muckaty Station and I plan to do that in the next month or so, and talk with the traditional owners and see what they're expecting out of this process."

Mr Macfarlane said he has had preliminary discussions with Northern Territory Chief Minister Adam Giles about the dump when they me recently to discuss the gas for gove issue.

"I'm not in a position where I can disclose those confidential discussions. Some discussions have to take place confidentially as we work ourselves into a position that we can announce publicly."

 

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