Antinuclear

Australian news, and some related international items

Aboriginals fight nuclear dump plan, but they’re up against complete stupidity!

stupidityTim Mickel –  “the effects on the environment of any dump at the site would be negligible.”

“The pharaohs managed to bury their dead for 3,000 years and they come up intact, so why can’t we do it with nuclear waste and have the same or nil effect to the environment?

Nuclear waste dump: Aboriginal traditional owners vow to oppose proposed radioactive facility near Alice Springs, ABC News, By Tom Maddocks, 17 Dec 15 The Federal Government has rejected claims that consultation for a proposed nuclear waste facility near Alice Springs has been a rushed process.

Key points about proposed dump:

  • Dump estimated to cost $110 million to build, would employ 30 people
  • Area to be used would be 100ha, waste contained in concrete blocks with steel and cement seals
  • Storage capacity of 4250 cubic metres of low-level waste, 650 cubic metres of intermediate waste
  • Low- level waste has to be stored for 300 years, intermediate waste stored on an interim basis (30-50 years) pending permanent solution

The owner of the date farm shortlisted for the dump has said if the Egyptian pharaohs were buried for thousands of years with no ill-effects on the environment, the same should be possible with nuclear waste.

The farm south of the town is one of six locations around Australia being considered to house low and intermediate level radioactive waste.

Around 50 people turned out at a public meeting in the community of Santa Teresa, near the proposed dump, where opponents of the plan directed their anger at officials from the Commonwealth’s Department of Industry……

Tim Mickel, owner of the AridGold date farm shortlisted as a location for the nuclear waste facility, said he wanted to stay involved in the process.

He said he believed the effects on the environment of any dump at the site would be negligible.

“I really don’t think there’s going to be any effect to the water table, the aquifer, even the environment, and during the process there’s going to be monitoring,” he said.

“The pharaohs managed to bury their dead for 3,000 years and they come up intact, so why can’t we do it with nuclear waste and have the same or nil effect to the environment?

Santa Teresa local Christopher Wallace said he had hoped more people would turn up and show their opposition to the plans.

“We just don’t want that rubbish on our land, it would damage our land, our bush tucker, our story lines for our kids and their generation,” Mr Wallace said.

“This is our home. We want to live here. We just don’t want that contamination going into our water.”

Aboriginal traditional owners said they were sad and in shock following the meeting.

“[The meeting] made us really upset. We’re thinking about the land and our ancestors, they are still floating around the land and [the Government] is trying to destroy it,” traditional owner Sharon Alice said.

“It’s going to destroy the land forever. We’re thinking about our future. Dump it somewhere else, not in our backyard.”

Barbara Shaw from the Australian Nuclear Free Alliance said it was bad timing for consultations.

“A lot of our mob have cultural obligations and activities coming up soon, we have a lot of people going into town for health reasons and because it’s Christmas, a lot of people go away for holidays,” she said.

Jimmy Cocking from the Alice Springs-based Arid Lands Environment Centre said it was clear traditional owners, the people of Santa Teresa, Oak Valley and Titjikala do not want the nuclear waste site in their backyard.

“They’ve got concerns about the nuclear industry, there’s a lot of mistrust of government as well, I think there’s been a lot of broken promises in the past,” Mr Cocking said.

“People have seen the impact that these proposals have on communities, look at Muckaty, and I think while people appreciate the opportunity to be consulted I think they would much prefer not to be having to turn up to this thing at all.”

Mr Cocking said those nominating their land for proposed sites were doing so for financial gain.

“It’s not that they’re making some sort of altruistic attempt for a nuclear future.”

Mr Cocking said if the date farm is shortlisted he will stand by traditional owners in continuing to fight against it.

“If that means demonstrations and protests, we’ll be there. But in the meantime, we’ll engage in this process and hope that sense comes to the Federal Minister and they realise the error of their ways.”

The Federal Government has said it will return to the region for more consultations early next year.

A meeting was scheduled at the nearby community of Titjikala this week but it was postponed due to sorry business (Aboriginal mourning).

Public submissions on the plans close on March 11, 2016. “A lot of our mob have cultural obligations and activities coming up soon, we have a lot of people going into town for health reasons and because it’s Christmas, a lot of people go away for holidays,” she said.

Jimmy Cocking from the Alice Springs-based Arid Lands Environment Centre said it was clear traditional owners, the people of Santa Teresa, Oak Valley and Titjikala do not want the nuclear waste site in their backyard.

“They’ve got concerns about the nuclear industry, there’s a lot of mistrust of government as well, I think there’s been a lot of broken promises in the past,” Mr Cocking said.

“People have seen the impact that these proposals have on communities, look at Muckaty, and I think while people appreciate the opportunity to be consulted I think they would much prefer not to be having to turn up to this thing at all.”

Mr Cocking said those nominating their land for proposed sites were doing so for financial gain.

“It’s not that they’re making some sort of altruistic attempt for a nuclear future.”

Mr Cocking said if the date farm is shortlisted he will stand by traditional owners in continuing to fight against it.

“If that means demonstrations and protests, we’ll be there. But in the meantime, we’ll engage in this process and hope that sense comes to the Federal Minister and they realise the error of their ways.”

The Federal Government has said it will return to the region for more consultations early next year.

A meeting was scheduled at the nearby community of Titjikala this week but it was postponed due to sorry business (Aboriginal mourning).

Public submissions on the plans close on March 11, 2016. “A lot of our mob have cultural obligations and activities coming up soon, we have a lot of people going into town for health reasons and because it’s Christmas, a lot of people go away for holidays,” she said.

Jimmy Cocking from the Alice Springs-based Arid Lands Environment Centre said it was clear traditional owners, the people of Santa Teresa, Oak Valley and Titjikala do not want the nuclear waste site in their backyard.

“They’ve got concerns about the nuclear industry, there’s a lot of mistrust of government as well, I think there’s been a lot of broken promises in the past,” Mr Cocking said.

“People have seen the impact that these proposals have on communities, look at Muckaty, and I think while people appreciate the opportunity to be consulted I think they would much prefer not to be having to turn up to this thing at all.”

Mr Cocking said those nominating their land for proposed sites were doing so for financial gain.

“It’s not that they’re making some sort of altruistic attempt for a nuclear future.”

Mr Cocking said if the date farm is shortlisted he will stand by traditional owners in continuing to fight against it.

“If that means demonstrations and protests, we’ll be there. But in the meantime, we’ll engage in this process and hope that sense comes to the Federal Minister and they realise the error of their ways.”

The Federal Government has said it will return to the region for more consultations early next year.

A meeting was scheduled at the nearby community of Titjikala this week but it was postponed due to sorry business (Aboriginal mourning).

Public submissions on the plans close on March 11, 2016.http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-12-16/alice-springs-nuke-dump-not-welcomed-at-public-meeting/7035070

December 18, 2015 Posted by | Northern Territory, Opposition to nuclear | Leave a comment

Hill End community not satisfied with MP John Cobb’s attitude to nuclear waste dump proposal

MP’s apology fails to pacify residents, Western Advocate By LOUISE EDDY  Dec. 11, 2015 When members of the Hill End community gathered in the Royal Hall on Wednesday morning they wanted only one thing – for Member for Calare John Cobb to ask what he could do to help.

This was the third meeting the community has held to discuss Sallys Flat being short-listed for a national nuclear waste dump, and the first the federal member has been able to attend.

Community spokesperson Robyn Rayner said around 100 people attended the meeting, many of them new faces. Mr Cobb had earlier drawn the community’s anger when he dismissed their concerns about the safety of the proposed facility.

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Ms Rayner said Mr Cobb apologised to the meeting for the way the matter had been handled, and for not being in contact with the community prior to Wednesday’s meeting.

“We appreciate the fact that he did turn up, but he treated us with utter contempt,” she said. “At no time did he say ‘What can I do to help you’,” she said…….

Yesterday Mr Cobb said he would help by conveying to the minister the fact that the community don’t want the waste dump.

However, despite assurances Sallys Flat won’t be further shortlisted if the community opposes the nuclear waste dump, Mr Cobb said the matter cannot end here and now.  “They do want to finish this now, but the minister has set that consultation period because those who do want to consult privately with the minister should have that right,” Mr Cobb said. He said it was a good meeting.

“But I think people had made their minds up they didn’t want it,” he said.

“There are some communities in Australia who will think – here’s an opportunity. You are not often offered the chance to get $10 million. But it’s their choice. I don’t live there,” he said. Mr Cobb said he would be visiting the Lucas Heights reactor shortly to take a look.“It’s 14 years since I’ve been there. I’m sure there is no danger but I want to go back and reassure myself,” he said.

Ms Rayner said there were concerns Mr Cobb was not taking the matter seriously enough.  http://www.westernadvocate.com.au/story/3552229/mps-apology-fails-to-pacify-residents/?cs=115#disqus_thread

December 12, 2015 Posted by | New South Wales, Opposition to nuclear | Leave a comment

Deliberate downplaying of the seriousness of Oman Ama nuclear waste proposal

see-no-evilOman Ama nuclear waste proposal being ‘downplayed’, Warwick Daily News, Annette Clement, Oman Ama | 8th Dec 2015 The role of the proposed waste facility was played down at the first information meeting in Inglewood.

We are not children to be lulled into compliance by a ‘glossy’ film and soothing narrative.

The facts are that this facility, as well as containing the medical waste mostly mentioned, is being built to house all nuclear waste including intermediate level waste produced by Australia in the past and for the next 100 years (not just ANSTO’s medical waste), the containers of processed spent fuel rods and other waste (en route from France and United Kingdom) will be ‘temporarily’ stored in a secure shed for an indeterminate period.

This waste should be buried 400-1000 metres deep.

It appears that the significance of this is being deliberately downplayed and my trust has been shaken in the intentions to be completely open with the plans for, the facts about and the future use of the proposed facility, Mr Wilson said during question time ‘the eventual use of the facility is as yet unknown’.

Some points for you to consider.

Tourists

Land devaluation … this area is known for its lack of harmful or potentially harmful industry that’s why a lot of people live and work or farm here. It’s their life.

Income loss … this area is rich in production from the land, some producers would be adversely affected by lowered consumer confidence in their products, possible devaluation of their land which could mean their banks will be less likely to back them when they most need it….

Security hazard ... regardless of the ‘little reward for a lot of effort’ reassurance we get concerning the waste facility ever becoming a target the possibility should not be brushed aside, our once relatively isolated and trouble free country has seen incidents recently which clearly demonstrate we are not immune to radical behaviour.

Ecologic concerns … although I am satisfied that the waste facility will endeavour to keep all nuclear waste in proper containment the risks for this area are still too great.

We are subject to major flooding, and large fluctuations in the water table.

In the great scheme of all things our lives are just a fleeting moment, therefore it’s not so much what we do now but what we leave for all future generations. That is our true legacy. http://www.warwickdailynews.com.au/news/nuclear-being-downplayed/2865565/

December 9, 2015 Posted by | Opposition to nuclear, Queensland | Leave a comment

Government must come clean about radioactivity and treatment of nuclear of waste

There is a public meeting being held in Alice Springs tonight to discuss the national nuclear waste dump proposal and shortlisting of the site near Alice Springs.  http://www.ntnews.com.au/news/centralian-advocate/alice-group-to-oppose-date-farm-as-nuke-dump-site-at-public-meeting/story-fnk4wgm8-1227633870645

radioactive trashThe closest neighbours of one of the shortlisted sites for a nuclear waste repository want the federal government to explain the classification and treatment of nuclear waste returning to Australia for storage.
The request follows a report by Greenpeace that claimed French authorities have classified a shipment of reprocessed Australian nuclear waste arriving at Port Kembla this weekend as high level waste, France’s highest nuclear waste classification.
The environment organisation’s report said that the waste, which Australia classifies as medium level, still contains highly radioactive plutonium even after reprocessing in France.
Robert LeRossignol, whose family runs tourism, horticulture and cattle businesses on Oak Valley outstation, said residents of remote Aboriginal communities near the site had a right to know how radioactive the waste is and what the difference in classification systems means for its treatment.
“France is a country with many decades of experience with nuclear waste. We want to understand why French authorities consider what our government calls medium level waste to be high level waste,” said Mr LeRossignol.  “Does it mean that the waste would be treated more carefully if it was stored in France than it will be treated here?”
Mr LeRossignol and his family plan to attend consultation meetings organised by the Central Land Council so they can ask government representatives about the exact nature of the waste.
“We don’t know what it’s going to do. It’s very hard to understand,” he said. “It’s not too bad for us that went to school but a lot of the Aboriginal people don’t know what it is, what it might do to them.”
“We want the government to be straight with us about how dangerous this shipment of waste is and how much of it could end up just a few kilometers from our olive groves,” he said.
Oak Valley, 13 km from the proposed site, is one of three outstations on the Mpwelarre [pronounced M’BWA-lara] Aboriginal Land Trust. The closest access route to the proposed site passes the outstation.
Mr LeRossignol was alarmed by the claims the Greenpeace report made about the safety record of the foreign ship used by Australia to bring its nuclear waste home.
“The more you move radioactive waste around, the greater the chance of an accident. If it’s true that the government has shipped this waste around the world on the cheap imagine what could happen on the dangerous dirt roads around here,” he said.
water-radiation“Under Oak Valley we have two major aquifers (the Mereenie and Pacoota) that are part of the vast Amadeus Basin, so if any contamination gets into one of those, what’s it going to affect, how many lives?”
The CLC has invited government representatives to a meeting at Titjikala (35 km from the shortlisted site) on 14 December, followed by a meeting on 15 December at Ltyentye Apurte (Santa Theresa, 40 km from the site) to ensure residents can have an opportunity for informed input into the consultation process that ends next March.

 

December 7, 2015 Posted by | AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, Northern Territory, Opposition to nuclear | Leave a comment

Residents near proposed Northern Territory nuclear dump site will oppose it

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questions about what kind of intermediate-level waste would be stored 15 kilometres from their house and garden have not been answered.

“Originally it was just low-level and then they brought in intermediate and when we queried what intermediate was we couldn’t get an answer,” Mr Rossignol said.

“Then halfway through a conversation they said intermediate and low level,” he said.

Neighbours of proposed NT nuclear waste dump upset at ‘lack of consultation‘ http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-11-25/neighbours-of-proposed-nuclear-dump-upset-lack-of-consultation/6972048 By Rosa Ellen Neighbours to a proposed nuclear waste site south of Alice Springs are upset they were not consulted by the property’s owner and say they will oppose it.

The Aridgold date farm in Hale, 75 kilometres from Alice Springs, is one of six sites shortlisted to house the country’s low-to-intermediate level radioactive waste.

Bordering the date farm is a land trust made up of three homesteads, the closest of which is the Oak Valley Outstation owned by Mary Le Rossignol and her husband Robert, who are also traditional owners.

Ms Le Rossignol said she first heard Tim Micklem, their neighbour of 30 years, had nominated his property as the country’s next nuclear waste dump on ABC Local Radio.

“I was angry because we live right next door to him,” Ms Le Rossignol said. “It just hit me hard, because I honestly expected people to go around and talk to your neighbours and let them know what was going on.

“But that didn’t happen here.”  Continue reading

November 27, 2015 Posted by | Northern Territory, Opposition to nuclear | Leave a comment

Ipswich, Queensland, at risk from nuclear waste,

Queensland-nuclear-freeIpswich at risk from nuclear waste, Queensland Times  | 20th Nov radiation-truck2015 THE FIGHT is well and truly on to stop hundreds of trucks a year loaded with radioactive nuclear waste from moving through Ipswich towards a national repository near Inglewood.

A site at Oman Ama is one of six slated by the Federal Government to store nuclear waste which has been slammed as “an environmental disaster waiting to happen” by Cr Paul Tully, who is also the national secretary of the Australian Nuclear Free Zones Secretariat.

Cr Tully said the federal Energy Minister Josh Frydenberg was “putting major cities across southeast Queensland under threat with hundreds of trucks a year carrying dangerous radioactive waste across the region”.

Cr Tully, who called the plan “total lunacy”, said Ipswich did not want such dangerous material transiting through the city.

“It will be a national repository which means that radioactive waste from North Queensland as well as southern states of Australia will come into south Queensland,” he said.

“Anything coming up the Pacific Highway will go through Brisbane, Ipswich and Toowoomba and anything coming from North Queensland would as well.

“So it does hold concerns that hundreds of trucks a year could be coming through our area.”A lot of it would come up through central NSW of course if they do select this site, which is one of six in Australia that has been nominated for further investigation.

“But if a truck, semi-trailer or B-double laden with this material had an accident and caught fire or rolled into a creek or river bed, then that is an issue. Brisbane, Ipswich and Toowoomba residents will be concerned at this act of madness by the federal government.” Continue reading

November 20, 2015 Posted by | Opposition to nuclear, Queensland, safety, wastes | Leave a comment

National Party MP John Cobb happy to host radioactive trash – Merino farmers ARE NOT!

exultantOn Friday, Member for Calare John Cobb said he was very relaxed about the Radiation-Warning1proposal to consider Sallys Flat for the dump.

He said he felt the waste was so non-threatening that a person could put it in a bag and sleep on it without feeling any ill-effects.

Merino farmers at Sallys Flat fear nuclear dump next door, Western Advocate, 17 Nov 15  PRIME wool producers around Sallys Flat fear the potential establishment of a nuclear waste dump on a neighbouring property could put their livelihoods at risk.

Geoff and Robyn Rayner produce some of the best superfine fleece in the world at their Pomanara Merino Stud, close to a neighbouring property which has been shortlisted for a permanent radioactive waste dump.

The Rayners’ home is the closest residence to the site ……The Sallys Flat site has been offered to the Federal Government for use by the landowner.

The Rayners have just signed up to become a sustainable operation and said they had to meet stringent criteria. Now, with the prospect of nuclear waste on their doorstep, all that has been put at risk.  “The stigma sticks,” Mr Rayner said. Three generations of the family have made their living from the land. Now they wonder if they will have a future. Continue reading

November 19, 2015 Posted by | New South Wales, Opposition to nuclear, wastes | Leave a comment

Indigenous Australians fight Liberal bigwig Grant Chapman’s plan for radioactive trash dump

handsoffIndigenous groups to fight plan for Flinders Ranges nuclear dump THE AUSTRALIAN NOVEMBER 18, 2015 Michael Owen Aborigines in the northern Flinders Ranges of South Australia are vowing to fight any move to make a site owned by a former senator the home of a national nuclear waste dump.

A group representing the ­Adnyamathanha people yesterday said it was fiercely opposed to any expansion of the nuclear industry. The group was shocked that Barndioota, along the Leigh Creek railway to Port Augusta, was one of six sites, including three in South Australia, being considered by the federal government to store low and intermediate-level nuclear waste.greed copy

Former senator and state Liberal Party president Grant Chapman jointly owns the long-term lease to
Wallerberdina, a station near Barndioota in the Flinders Ranges. If the site were chosen, it would house a ­storage facility over about 100ha in the northern section of the 25,000ha property.

Adnyamathanha Camp Law Mob spokeswoman Jillian Marsh yesterday said there was no support for the “imposition of a radioactive waste dump on ­Adnyamathanha country”.

“We are shocked that one of the three nominated sites in South Australia … is 377 Wallerberdina Road, Barndioota,” Ms Marsh said. “We understand that ex-Liberal senator Grant Chapman is the current owner of the nominated site that is a perpetual lease property and therefore no native title claim can be lodged.”

She said federal Resources Minister Josh Frydenberg should disclose who was consulted before sites were nominated. “We want no further expansion of the ­nuclear industry,” she said……… http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/indigenous/indigenous-groups-to-fight-plan-for-flinders-ranges-nuclear-dump/story-fn9hm1pm-1227612968973?sv=75b9681c057f88d4052eb75c1bcb53db

November 18, 2015 Posted by | aboriginal issues, Opposition to nuclear, South Australia | Leave a comment

Public meeting in Oman Ama vents opposition to nuclear waste site proposal

radioactive trashSouthern Queensland community Oman Ama vents fears over potential nuclear waste site, ABC News, 18 Nov 15  Residents of a Queensland southern border community earmarked for a nuclear waste dump have gathered for a public meeting to voice concerns about the proposal.

Oman Ama, near Inglewood, is one of six sites shortlisted to host the country’s first permanent nuclear waste dump.

It comes with a $10 million sweetener but that is not enough to convince many local residents of the small rural community……The Federal Government wants one site in Australia and is due to make a decision by the end of 2016, with the site operating by 2018, or 2020 at the latest.

Government experts are trying to allay their fears with claims the dump will not be built anywhere if there is an environmental risk.

Oman Ama locals mainly asked about the risk if the waste escapes, how long it took to break down, what happens in a flood and how can they be sure it is safe.

Some yelled out their opposition, which drew claps from the audience.

Gavan Lahey said he was concerned the local catchment would be polluted……..http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-11-18/oman-ama-vents-fears-over-potential-nuclear-waste-site/6952492

November 18, 2015 Posted by | Opposition to nuclear, opposition to nuclear, Queensland | 1 Comment

 Investors urged to dump Toro Energy at company AGM

protest-2Conservation Council of Western Australia, 18 Nov 15,  Traditional Owners and environment groups will ask shareholders to withdraw support for Toro Energy highlighting community opposition to the company’s uranium mine plans and a flat lining uranium market at the Toro’s AGM today.

Vicki Abdullah, Traditional Owner of the Lake Maitland area where the company plans to mine uranium will be attending the AGM today.

Ms Abdullah said, “I’ve told Toro Energy time and time again that they are not allowed to mine at Lake Maitland, they have no right to destroy our homelands, our sacred places and the burial sites of our old people. You wouldn’t let them do that your home or your ancestors. Well I won’t let them do it to mine.”

CCWA Director Piers Verstegen, said “After ongoing weak performance we expect Toro Energy will be asking shareholders to ‘hang in there and be patient’, however the reality is that community opposition and weak market are serious impediments that are not going to go away.

“Uranium is unnecessary, unsafe and unwanted and we will be asking Toro shareholders to place their investments in more lucrative and responsible industries like renewable energy.

“Toro must also face reality and cease pressuring local communities and Traditional Owners causing anxiety and conflict over a mine that will never make economic sense” concluded Mr Verstegen.

 

November 18, 2015 Posted by | Opposition to nuclear, Western Australia | Leave a comment

The Kakadu Charter led to stopping of uranium mining

kakaduThe 15th anniversary of the Kakadu Charter is a good time for Aboriginal and environmental advocates to re-confirm our shared concern, action and effectiveness for the long awaited total rehabilitation and completion of Kakadu National Park.

The Kakadu Charter Which Helped Stop A Uranium Mine Marks 15 Years Of Shared Values https://newmatilda.com/2015/11/16/the-kakadu-charter-which-helped-stop-a-uranium-mine-marks-15-years-of-shared-values/  Tomorrow marks a significant anniversary in a landmark battle to protect a people, and a place. Justin O’Brien and Dave Sweeney explain.
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November 18, 2015 Posted by | history, Northern Territory, Opposition to nuclear | Leave a comment

Ipswich’s Councillor Paul Tully urges residents to fight nuclear waste dump plan

radioactive trashTully speaks out against planned nuclear waste dump http://www.qt.com.au/news/tully-speaks-out-against-planned-nuclear-waste-dum/2841387/, 16 Nov 15   CR PAUL Tully has urged Ipswich residents and the community as a whole to prevent a nuclear waste storage facility less than three hours drive from the city from going ahead.

He said Ipswich had a proud history of preventing similar dumps going ahead within its city borders in the past. He drew the community’s attention to the issue on his Facebook page.

“The Federal Government has picked a potential site – one of six – near Inglewood 250km southwest of Brisbane to store nuclear waste from Lucas Heights in Sydney’s west and from other states of Australia,” he posted.

“This would mean hundreds of truckloads of hazardous waste coming through Brisbane, Ipswich and radiation-truckToowoomba via cities and towns in NSW every year.

“Say no to Queensland becoming a nuclear waste dumping ground for the rest of Australia.

The Ipswich community stopped a similar dump at Redbank in 1988 proposed by the state government at the time, which was finally scrapped by the new Goss government in 1989.”

November 16, 2015 Posted by | Opposition to nuclear, Queensland, wastes | Leave a comment

Strong objections to nuclear waste dump sites

text-cat-questionWhy is it that THE AUSTRALIAN and most media go on about medical wastes, but don’t mention the REAL problem – Lucas Heights nuclear reactor wastes returning from France?

Nuclear waste dump goes against the grain, THE AUSTRALIAN, REBECCA PUDDY ANDREW BURRELL, 14 Nov 15,  Grain farmer Cameron Scott is no green activist, but he promises to fight any move to build the nation’s first nuclear waste dump on his doorstep in South Australia’s wheatbelt.

Mr Scott is a key member of a coalition of neighbours in the town of Kimba, almost 500km northwest of Adelaide, who are strongly opposed to the region hosting a facility to store the nation’s low-level and mediumlevel radioactive waste.

“The first thing that hit me was safety — we’ve got kids, we’ve been here for three generations and we want to look after their future,” Mr Scott said yesterday, as he acknowledged deep tensions in his local community over the issue.

“What will this do for our price of land, who wants to buy land next to a radioactive waste dump and what will happen to the price of our grain?”

Kimba is ground zero in the deeply personal battle over the location of the dump, with two of the six shortlisted sites across Australia — all of which were voluntarily nominated by landholders — located in the district……… Continue reading

November 14, 2015 Posted by | Opposition to nuclear, South Australia, wastes | Leave a comment

Radioactive trash dump would damage tourism – Sally’s Flat residents say “NO”

radioactive trashSallys Flat should be removed from nuclear waste shortlist, residents say, ABC News 13 Nov 15  By Joanna Woodburn, Residents have slammed a proposal to store nuclear waste at Sallys Flat, near the historic gold mining village of Hill End in New South Wales’ central west.

The Federal Government has shortlisted six sites to potentially house a nuclear waste storage facility, including Sallys Flat, in the Bathurst district. Near the village of Hill End, the area boomed during the 1850s gold rush and remains a major tourist attraction, according to the local progress association.

The association’s Ross Brown said the historical significance and population of the area made it a poor choice for a nuclear facility…….

 On its website, the Hill End and Tambaroora Progress Association described Hill End as a “well-preserved gold-mining ghost town”, which draws thousands of tourists each year……….

Bathurst Climate Action Network head Tracy Carpenter said Bathurst, which is an hour away from Sallys Flat, had been a sister city with Okuma in Japan, one of the towns affected by the Fukushima nuclear disaster. “People cannot occupy [Okuma] since the tsunami and earthquake and the result [of] the nuclear disaster, and now we’re being slated as an area to dump nuclear waste,” she said. “It’s just appalling.”…….

NSW Opposition Leader Luke Foley said he would be surprised if the site was chosen……….”I think people in New South Wales will take an enormous amount of convincing for such a repository to be placed in our state, somewhere around Bathurst.

“We’re not talking about the outback, we’re talking about a pretty well populated area.”…….http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-11-13/take-sallys-flat-off-nuclear-waste-shortlist-residents-say/6937442

November 13, 2015 Posted by | New South Wales, Opposition to nuclear, wastes | Leave a comment

Yami Lester, victim of nuclear testing urges communities to fight nuclear waste dumping

SA Government ‘open’ to nuclear waste dump proposal despite previous opposition: Weatherill, ABC News, 13 Nov 15,  “…… Greens MP Mark Parnell said he wanted to see more detail on the proposal, but was suspicious of the agenda from Canberra. He was concerned accepting a site in South Australia could lead to the storage of high level radioactive waste.

“It’s no surprise that the Federal Government has its eyes on South Australia for its nuclear waste dump,” Mr Parnell said. “But what will worry people in this state is whether this is a precursor to a high level radioactive waste dump.”…

Lester, YamiIndigenous man Yami Lester, from Mintabie in the APY Lands, said the state and federal governments should not mine uranium, let alone store it.

Mr Lester was blinded from a radiation fallout in 1953 when the British and Australian governments conducted uranium testing near his community, west of Coober Pedy.

“It was terrible. Some older people died, I went blind and my cousin went blind, skin rash, diarrhoea and all that sickness,” he said.

“We had no treatment at all, the hospital nearest the clinic was 160 kilometres [away] at Ernabella, and we were sitting here, no doctor nothing.

“That’s why I’m scared of the government mining uranium. Better to leave it under the ground. Don’t touch it.”

Mr Lester urged the communities close to the proposed waste sites to fight against the dumps.

He said the state and federal government should learn from past mistakes.

“I don’t agree with [experts] at all. The Australian Government and the South Australian Government, people haven’t learnt from the mistakes that happened overseas, in Germany, Japan they haven’t learned from that,” he said…..http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-11-13/sa-govt-consider-nuclear-waste-proposal-royal-commission/6937530

November 13, 2015 Posted by | Opposition to nuclear, South Australia, wastes | Leave a comment

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