The traditional Aboriginal owners of Muckaty Station in the Northern Territory have launched legal action in the Federal Court in Darwin seeking to reopen one of the most contentious pieces of environmental litigation in recent Australian history.

In June 2007, the Northern Land Council, the Commonwealth statutory authority responsible for the administration of Aboriginal land in the top half of the Northern Territory, nominated remote Muckaty Station as a potential site for the management and storage of Australia’s radioactive waste on behalf of the Ngapa clan of traditional Aboriginal owners. Then-science minister Julie Bishop approved the nomination in September 2007.