Antinuclear

Australian news, and some related international items

Call To Martin Ferguson to withdraw nuclear dump plans

We, the undersigned residents of the federal electorate of Batman, call on Martin Ferguson MP to withdraw his plan to establish a national nuclear waste dump on Aboriginal land in the NT.We condemn his plans to override Aboriginal heritage laws, environmental protection laws, and all necessary state/territory laws in order to impose the unwanted and unnecessary nuclear dump.

if you live in Ferguson’s Batman electorate, please sign the e-petition against the dump posted at:

Not in our name – Batman voters against a nuclear waste dump – Petition – Sign this petition here – Signature page – GoPetition

http://www.gopetition.com.au/petitions/batman-voters-against-a-nuclear-waste-dump/sign.html

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The nuclear industry’s track record of falsified documents

Then there’s the cover-up, deception and fraud. Workers at the UK’s Sellafield nuclear facility falsified safety records. Japan’s Tokyo Electric Power Company falsified safety records. Falsified records. Falsified records. Falsified records. Falsified records……The whistleblower produced documents that show BHP uses manipulated averages and distorted sampling to ensure the figures are below the maximum exposure levels set by government

More nuclear history repeating | Greenpeace International, 4 June 2010, The news coming out about nuclear power can read merely like a series of isolated, unconnected events. Continue reading

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Workers exposed to radioactive polonium at BHP uranium mine

“These high readings should trigger further investigation and individual testing for polonium in the body,

Roxby’s radioactive risk,  The Independent Weekly. HENDRIK GOUT04 Jun, 2010 Mining giant BHP Billiton is risking the lives of its staff and employees at Olympic Dam in South Australia by exposing them to unsafe levels of radiation, according to a company whistleblower. Continue reading

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U.S. govt rejects idea of nuclear bomb to fix oil spill as “crazy”

Nuclear Option on Gulf Oil Spill? No Way, U.S. Says,  NYTimes.com, By WILLIAM J. BROAD : June 2, 2010 The chatter began weeks ago as armchair engineers brainstormed for ways to stop the torrent of oil spilling into the Gulf of Mexico: What about nuking the well?….
Stephanie Mueller, a spokeswoman for the Energy Department, said that neither Energy Secretary, Steven Chu  nor anyone else was thinking about a nuclear blast under the gulf. The nuclear option was not — and never had been — on the table, federal officials said.

“It’s crazy,” one senior official said.

Government and private nuclear experts agreed that using a nuclear bomb would be not only risky technically, with unknown and possibly disastrous consequences from radiation, but also unwise geopolitically — it would violate arms treaties that the United States has signed and championed over the decades and do so at a time when President Obama is pushing for global nuclear disarmament.Nuclear Option on Gulf Oil Spill? No Way, U.S. Says – NYTimes.com

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Public Health Association backs union stand on danger of uranium mining

The Northern Territory Branch of the Public Health Association of Australia (NT PHAA) has endorsed the Electrical Trades Union (ETU) call for workers to shun uranium mining.

NT PHAA Spokesperson Clive Rosewarne described the QLD/NT Branch of the ETU decision to advise its members not to work in the uranium and nuclear industries as a sensible and responsible move by the union.

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America’s legal mess over nuclear wastes

Solutions Remain Few on Issue of Nuclear- Waste Storage WSJ.com, JUNE 1, 2010 By REBECCA SMITH “……….Utilities have filed more than 70 lawsuits against the government accusing it of breach of contract because it hasn’t taken the waste. So far, $1.3 billion has been paid out. The Department of Justice estimates the liability will top $12 billion if a waste facility is not opened by 2020…….utilities continue to contribute $770 million a year to a Nuclear Waste Fund to pay for a permanent repository that now isn’t even on the drawing board.In April, a group of utilities sued the federal government, demanding that these storage fees be suspended. Ellen Ginsberg, general counsel of the Nuclear Energy Institute, a trade group, says, “We don’t want to pay any more fees until the government has a waste plan.” Solutions Remain Few on Issue of Nuclear- Waste Storage – WSJ.com

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Legal case: Aboriginal owners do not want nuclear waste dump on their land

Mr Newhouse says his clients do not want compensation but for the nomination of the site to be withdrawn.

NT nuclear waste dump faces legal challenge. ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation), By Jane Bardon and Gina Marich   Jun 3, 2010 A legal challenge to the Federal Government’s plan to establish a national nuclear waste dump in the Northern Territory has been taken to the Federal Court. Continue reading

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Uranium mill project in doubt, unable to pay cleanup costs

Cash-strapped Energy Fuels can pay for uranium mill but not for clean up « Colorado Independent, 2 June 2010, Gulf spill underlines need for companies to put aside vast sums in advance By David O. Williams 6/2/10 12 A Canadian company looking to build the first new uranium mill in the United States in nearly three decades is burning through cash at a rate that could leave it broke right about the time it hopes to secure its final approvals from Colorado public health officials. Continue reading

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