Australian news, and some related international items

Wobbly Word of the Week – “Rare Earths”

Yes – Rare Earths – What are they?  The title sounds innocuous, and there’s no doubt that some “rare earths” are essential to many of today’s technology items.

It’s just that we should not lose sight of the radiation problems involved in mining and processing rare earths, nor let them slip under the radar as pro-uranium governments, like South Australia’s , promote the nuclear fuel cycle

Well, take the Arafura project below – this project includes a (small) commercial quantity of uranium product, and a large volume of thorium waste, enriched to ten times the radioactivity of the ore.

Many other rare earth projects won’t produce any commercial uranium or thorium, but will still have radioactive tailings.

September 25, 2010 Posted by | South Australia, spinbuster, uranium | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

South Australian govt promotes rare earth complex

The Whyalla rare earths complex will process mineral concentrate from the Nolans project, in the Northern Territory.

Arafura’s rare earth complex gets priority status Mining Weekly, By: Esmarie Swanepoel, 24th September 2010 PERTH   – Rare earth developer Arafura Resources on Friday announced that South Australia Urban Development and Planning Minister Paul Holloway had declared the Whyalla rare earths complex a major project….. Continue reading

September 25, 2010 Posted by | politics, South Australia, uranium | , , | Leave a comment

Uranium mining project for Whyalla

UraniumSA triples resource for South Australian project near Whyalla to 10,400 tonnes of uranium oxide

– New Mullaquana Inferred estimate of 38.7Mt containing 10,400 tonnes of U3O8 (equivalent to 22.9 million pounds) at an average grade of 275 ppm eU3O8. Up from initial estimate of 2,700t

September 25, 2010 Posted by | business, South Australia, uranium | | Leave a comment

Uranium mining becoming dangerous, in Africa

NIAMEY, Niger, Sept. 24 (UPI) – Suddenly, the uranium mining industry is becoming a risky business, it seems.Islamic militants who kidnapped seven people at a French-owned uranium mine in Niger Sept. 16 have warned Western firms that “steal our wealth … to leave promptly.”…..Canadian, Australian and Chinese companies  challenge the monopoly in Niger held by France’s state-owned nuclear giant, Areva……. Continue reading

September 25, 2010 Posted by | uranium | , , | Leave a comment

Australian uranium company pulls out of Niger

Niger kidnappings puts Paladin Energy off NGM bid, Fri Sep 24, 2010 SYDNEY, Sept 24 (Reuters) – Australia-based uranium miner Paladin Energy is to drop its A$27 million ($26 million) bid for NGM Resources (NGM.AX: Quote), it said on Friday, citing worries that kidnappings in west Africa would hamper NGM’s exploration work in the region. Niger kidnappings puts Paladin Energy off NGM bid | Metals & Mining | Reuters

September 25, 2010 Posted by | politics international, uranium | , , , | Leave a comment

Did a very clever sofware worm target Iran’s nuclear reactor?

“This was assembled by a highly qualified team of experts, involving some with specific control system expertise,”

Software smart bomb fired at Iranian nuclear plant: experts, Google hosted news, By Glenn Chapman (AFP)  24 Sept 10, SAN FRANCISCO — Computer security experts are studying a scary new cyber weapon: a software smart bomb that may have been crafted to find and sabotage a nuclear facility in Iran. Continue reading

September 25, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , | Leave a comment