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Australian news, and some related international items

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. But if you read the nuclear news often, as we do, patterns start to form.A story from one part of the world is horribly similar to another from somewhere else. The nuclear industries around the world seem to have a shared behaviour that emerges when you take a step back.

There’s the collective inability to get a nuclear reactor built on time or on budget. The same exploitation around uranium mines. Rigged public consultations. An infuriating inability to learn lessons. Separate but similar poisonings. It’s like being trapped in a time loop in some bad episode of Star Trek.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.

And this week? You got it: falsified records

Workers at BHP Billiton’s Olympic Dam are being exposed to unsafe levels of radiation, according to a company whistleblower. BHP Billiton has been warned about the risks at Roxby Downs, but according to South Australian Upper House Greens MP Mark Parnell the company has failed to take action. Mr Parnell says the levels of polonium-210, the toxic by-product of uranium production, have breached health standards. 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, he said.

At a time when you would think the nuclear industry would place a high premium on public trust, it’s caught yet again acting like small time gangsters and crooked accountants. More nuclear history repeating | Greenpeace International

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