Australian news, and some related international items

Uranium mining exempted from Resources tax, Ferguson fixes it.

Tax deal lifts cloud over miners, Sydney Morning Herald, 2 july 2010, Australia’s biggest miners face paying more tax, but not nearly as much as feared, after winning big concessions from the federal government….

Most importantly, the new tax will not affect BHP Billiton’s $23 billion plan to expand the massive Olympic Dam mine, the world’s biggest uranium deposit  ….
Having signed off on the resource rent deal, only one major uncertainty remains for the miners. Will this new tax be approved by Australia’s Senate following an election expected in the next few months? Continue reading

July 2, 2010 Posted by | AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, politics, uranium | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Devastation of indigenous land by uranium mining

VIDEO Another Green World: McCain declares (nuclear) war on Navajo & Sioux McCain declares (nuclear) war on Navajo & Sioux, Another Green World, by Derek Wall, 1 July 2010Our Mother is suffering….’Radiation levels rising, uranium mining for ‘clean’ nuclear power is killing indigenous land in Arizona and McCain wants more, bet it would be different if his house was next to a radioactive mine.

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Call to Australians to dump Ferguson’s nuclear waste dump plan

The Government must stop pushing the Muckaty dump plan and establish an independent and public review of nuclear waste management options based on best science, transparent process and community inclusion and consent, as it committed to do in 2007.”

ACF is seeking community support and donations to run newspaper and billboard advertising in Melbourne, asking for him and the Government to ‘Dump the Dump’.Concerned Australians can find out more and donate at

AUSTRALIAN CONSERVATION FOUNDATION 2 July 2010 The Australian Conservation Foundation has launched a major new campaign to end Resources Minister Martin Ferguson’s plan for a nuclear waste dump at Muckaty, 120 kilometres north of Tennant Creek. Continue reading

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BP oil spill endangers coastal nuclear power plants

A May 12 situation report from the Department of Energy’s Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability acknowledged the potential for problems.
If water supply for these facilities becomes contaminated with oil, cooling water systems could be damaged,” it said.

(USA) Gulf Coast nuclear plants at risk from BP oil spill, FACING SOUTH, 1 July 2010, Watchdog groups are warning about the BP oil spill’s potential damage to Gulf and Atlantic coast nuclear power plants that use seawater to cool pumps and other safety equipment. Continue reading

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