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Senator Scott Ludlam raises nuclear problems in Senate Estimates

Reporting on Senate Estimates Committee, Scott Ludlam, 19 June 2010, Midway through week one, estimates got radioactive as it always does. A serious leak of radioactive water from the Ranger Uranium Mine into Kakadu National Park made my usual talk with the Office of the Supervising Scientist a little more interesting, with new revelations emerging about pollution spikes and long term impacts in Kakadu.
The serious occupational health and safety breakdowns revealed by whistleblowers at
ANSTO have been the subject of several Estimates discussions. A damning report from the nuclear regulator ARPANSA has confirmed warnings made by whistleblower Dave Reid who has been out of work since he revealed what has been going on at Lucas Heights.

We questioned the Department of Resources and Energy about their unwelcome endeavours to impose a Nuclear Waste Dump on unwilling Aboriginal communities in the Northern Territory, and about the Department’s significant funding of a particularly toxic industry front group, the Uranium Council. Geoscience Australia provided some sketchy information as to why their website does not document the extensive seismic disturbances in the Tennant Creek area, something local people are keen to know more about before they agree to host a nuclear waste dump.

June 19, 2010 - Posted by | AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, politics, uranium | , , , , , , ,

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