Australian news, and some related international items

Review: Kakadu, Israel’s nukes, UK’s muddle

Australia: Doubts on the future of uranium mining are really the result of the financial crisis in Europe. Still  BHP, ERA etc grasp the opportunity to blame  the Australian govt’s proposed new resources profit tax. BHP plans transporting uranium through W.A. towns.  ERA’s uranium mine leaking into Kakadu National Park. Women peace walkers ,- part of Footprints For Peace International,  arrive in Canberra. Lucas Heights about to close down old nuclear reactor.

International: Israel in awkward double standards over nuclear weapons.  USA’s far right pushing for hawkish nuclear policy. World uranium stockpiling up, as its market in the doldrums. UK’s nuclear policy in a muddle. Marshall Islanders to be sent back to polluted islands.Native Americans fighting new uranium mining. Conflict of interest in USA’s Radiation Health Study

May 25, 2010 Posted by | Christina reviews, uranium, water | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Uranium mine’s radioactive leak raises doubts on Cameco’s planned mine close to Alice Springs

No clean water, no Alice Springs. Is a uranium mine worth the risk? Judging by the experience of the Mirrar people in Kakadu — no way.

Kakadu’s tainted water is a no-go for Alice Springs, The Age, Jess Abrahams, Arid Lands Environment Centre, Alice Springs, 25 May 2010, URANIUM mining is not a safe or sustainable industry for Australia.The Ranger mine is meant to epitomise world’s best practice.But a poorly engineered dam apparently collapsed, spilling 6 million litres of radioactive water into the Gulungul Creek, which flows into Kakadu. Is this the best the uranium mining industry can manage?

Here in Alice Springs, Canadian company Cameco wants to dig a uranium mine at Angela Pamela, just over 10 kilometres from the southern outskirts of town. Continue reading

May 25, 2010 Posted by | environment, Northern Territory, uranium, water | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

BHP’s dangerous plan to transport uranium through towns

Greens say uranium too risky to transport through towns  ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) May 24, 2010 The Greens say the Western Australian Government should prevent the transport of uranium through all Goldfields towns, as well as Kalgoorlie-Boulder. Mines Minister Norman Moore last week revealed he does not want BHP Billiton to move yellowcake from its planned Yeelirrie mine through Kalgoorlie.The company has indicated it wants to temporarily store yellowcake in the town before it is transported to Adelaide or Darwin. Continue reading

May 25, 2010 Posted by | safety, uranium, Western Australia | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Europe’s debt crisis puts uranium market further into the shadows

With Europe hanging as a cloud over everything at present, it seems the uranium market is also in the shadows.

Europe Crisis Hits Uranium FNArena News, By Greg Peel, – May 25 2010 Uranium sector consultant TradeTech has lowered its weekly uranium spot price indicator from US$41.25/lb to US$40.75/lb this week.

The drop is a disappointment Continue reading

May 25, 2010 Posted by | uranium | , , , | Leave a comment

Hanford’s radioactive waste- no solution in sight

one of the biggest challenges the US nuclear weapons complex, and consequentially, the Department of Energy, has ever had to deal with………… the tanks were leaking, and the government had failed to report the leaks and the spreading contamination……….

Cleaning Up After The Cold War: Hanford’s Tank Waste, Daily Kos:by Page van der Linden  May 23, 2010 “…..the remote sites around the United States, consisting of laboratories and manufacturing facilities, the complex that made The Bomb possible. And unless you’re very familiar with this complex, or you’re a resident of the Pacific Northwest, you may not know about a remote part of Washington State known as the Hanford Site…… Continue reading

May 25, 2010 Posted by | uranium | , , , , , , | Leave a comment