Australian news, and some related international items

Expensive spinning about radioactive waste in Sydney

a communications strategy that aims, in its words, to ”prevent the escalation of community opposition” to dumping radioactive waste at Kemps Creek.

Ready for a backlash, Sydney Morning Herald, Heath Aston, October 17, 2010 THE Keneally government knows it’s sitting on a dangerously explosive issue in Hunters Hill.Spooked by the coming backlash against moving the harbour’s most toxic blight to less picturesque Mulgoa, it has paid for pre-emptive spin doctoring. Continue reading

October 16, 2010 Posted by | New South Wales, uranium, wastes | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Radioactive waste from posh suburb to the lower class

The new classification of ”restricted solid waste” allows the government, which has dithered for decades about what to do with the radioactive site, to transport waste to the western suburbs……

State sends radioactive waste west, Sydney Morning Herald, Heath Aston, October 17, 2010 MORE than 5000 tonnes of radioactive waste will be dug up from one of Sydney’s wealthiest harbourside suburbs, trucked across the city and dumped near Penrith. Continue reading

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BHP Billiton’s carbon tax policy aimed to promote its uranium mine

BHP has an interesting little asset called Olympic Dam in South Australia where it is considering a major series of upgrades. Expanded Olympic Dam output would exceed one quarter of global mined uranium. …..Olympic Dam is the world’s largest known uranium deposit,

BHP: A Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing? The Star, by Mark Taylor | 15 Oct 10 Why would BHP BHP CEO Marius Kloppers express support for a carbon tax? The mining industry has its fair share of climate skeptics. Geologists and model-based climatologists have very different views of the world. Does BHP stand to gain or lose from a carbon tax? Continue reading

October 16, 2010 Posted by | AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, business, climate change - global warming, energy, uranium | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency secretive about reports

Other incidents related to unexplained high doses recorded by three mining company employees, radioactive contamination of drinking water at a uranium mine

Radiation reports are sadly lacking Karen Dearn, The Australian, 16 Oct 10,

THE Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency, the nation’s peak radiation safety body, has failed to publish annual critical incident reports for the past six years, despite commitments to do so. Continue reading

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Crushing disappointment for USA nuclear indusrty

For the second time in a generation, the nuclear industry is undergoing a breathtaking transit from overblown hope to crushing disappointment. Once again this cycle is taking place in the context of claims that we must have many more new reactors than we are likely to get to avert an overwhelming existential threat – oil imports in the 1970s, and climate change today.

Honey, I Shrunk the Renaissance: Nuclear Revival, Climate Change and Reality, CleanEnergy Footprints, by Peter Bradford, 15 Oct 10, The “nuclear renaissance” has proven to be a promotion that cannot pass economic muster. Continue reading

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BHP Billiton held accountable for environmental impacts of uranium mine expansion plan

Call on BHP to answer over Olympic Dam impacts, Australian Conservation Foundation,  David Noonan, 16 Oct 10

    BHP must present feasible alternatives to prevent or reduce the impacts of the proposed Olympic Dam open cut mine in the next phase of the Environmental Impact Statement process, including: considering copper mining alone – without uranium exports; properly managing radioactive liquid wastes and tailings; using renewable energy for its large new electricity demands; and protecting the fragile gulf environment from impacts from the mine’s proposed water supply. Continue reading

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Expansion plans for Olympic Dam uranium mine need public scrutiny

BHP upgrades Olympic Dam forecasts | Adelaide Now SARAH MARTIN,The Advertiser October 15, 2010 …..Greens MLC Mark Parnell said the company’s plans to double expansion should require it to submit a revised EIS allowing further public consultation.”This has major implications for BHP Billiton and its shareholders,” Mr Parnell said.
“The State Government and BHP Billiton need to come clean with the South Australian people and reveal the full extent of this project, before any approvals are given,” he said…….BHP upgrades Olympic Dam forecasts | Adelaide Now

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20 USA nuclear plants leaking radioactive tritium

Unfortunately, rather than hold nuclear plant owners to the terms of their licenses, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission has failed to exercise its authority and instead has handed the problem of radioactive tritium leaks over to the industry lobbyists’ in a voluntary program.

Nuclear Power’s Threat to Clean Water | Greenpeace USA, by Jim Riccio – October 15, 2010 , Today is blog action day, an annual event held every October 15 that unites the world’s bloggers in posting about the same issue on the same day, and this year the topic is water. Continue reading

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