Australian news, and some related international items

Review: hypocrisy on uranium and nuclear industry

Australia: what a load of hypocrisy is going on. about the Resources Tax!  BHP saying that Olympic Dam uranium mine’s expansion is threatened.  Of course it is!  – By the collapse of the uranium market ! ANSTO forced to admit its safety failures. And, we wait to see if Peter Garrett will be able to promote AREVA’s uranium mining in Koongarra, while he still poses as Minister for Environment

International: hypocrisy as the closing Nuclear Non Proliferation conference promotes the nuclear industry, as pro-nukes suggest nuke bombing the oil spill, as the industry touts new, little, thorium reactors.  All in a desperate bid to keep the “peaceful” nuclear industry afloat, as nuclear reactors age and close down, while new ones just aren’t getting built, except in secretive totalitarian states, such as China

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Uranium a cancer risk like asbestos, says union

“Corporate interests, and their political supporters in the Labor and Coalition parties, are also trying to buy working families off with high wages, while denying the true short-term and long-term health risks of such jobs.”

‘Uranium is the new asbestos’: union ban on nuclear work, Brisbane Times, May 31, 2010

The Electrical Trades Union has banned its members from working in uranium mines, nuclear power stations or any other part of the nuclear fuel cycle.

The union says uranium is the new asbestos in the workplace. Continue reading

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Uranium oversupply, and prices way down

Nuclear giants stockpile fuel while price is cheap  Times Online, June 1, 2010 Some of the world’s biggest energy companies are stockpiling the nuclear fuel used to power reactors as they try to capitalise on rock-bottom uranium prices.An oversupply of nuclear fuel on international commodity markets has followed five successive years of rapid growth in uranium ore production in Kazakhstan, which has nearly quadrupled its output since 2004.

Raw uranium prices have tumbled to around $40 per pound — almost one quarter of the levels of $140 in 2007……About one third of the world’s total supply of nuclear fuel comes from Russian nuclear weapons that have been decommissioned as part of a disarmament agreement struck with the United States at the end of the Cold War. Nuclear giants stockpile fuel while price is cheap – Times Online

Oil, Gold And Uranium prospects analysed | Uranium Investing News, 1 June 2010, Turning to the uranium market, BA Merrill Lynch suggests the combination of ample supply, aggressive sales from new market entrants and well-covered utility requirements means there is little chance of any spot market tension (upside) this year without any major disruption to production…….buying and holding material becomes attractive at this level when compared to term-escalated contracts. Oil, Gold And Uranium prospects analysed | Uranium Investing News

Uranium Remains Weak FNArena News – June 01 2010 By Chris Shaw Spot uranium has given up some recent gains, leading industry consultant TradeTech to reduce its indicative spot market price another US25c last week to at US$40.50 per pound. The fall reflects aggressive attempts by sellers to motivate buying interest, which is coming via material being offered at lower prices.

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ANSTO admits safety failures at Lucas Heights: whistleblower still suspended

Mr Reid remains suspended…..The Greens say he should be reinstated immediately.

Chief vindicates Lucas Heights whistleblower – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)  1 June 2010, “………….In August 2008, a worker at the ARI facility dropped a vial of highly radioactive material in a containment cell, which went unreported for several hours.”We started investigating and the more we investigated the more we couldn’t understand because it was such a massive dose,” Mr Reid said.”None of our instruments could measure it – it was way off scale. Continue reading

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Iraq: legal action over depleted uranium babies

Atomic radiation has increased the number of babies born with defects in the southern provinces of Iraq.


Fallujah babies born with birth defects as a result of Depleted Uranium WMD contaminated dust. | mesothelioma Lawyer,Mesothelioma, Asbestos Cancer, Mesothelioma Treatments, Lawyers / Attorneys

Fallujah babies born with birth defects as a result of Depleted Uranium WMD contaminated dust. 1 June 2010, Iraq WILL sue US and Britain over depleted uranium bombs (FULL story here- Ministry for Human Rights will file a lawsuit against Britain and the US over their use of depleted uranium bombs in Iraq, an Iraqi minister says. Continue reading

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