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Hazards in BHP’s planned export of uranium to China

“BHP propose precedent sale of uranium in copper concentrates to China…“This is not sanctioned under Australia’s nuclear treaties … it would compromise our safeguards and environmental responsibilities, and dump some 1.2 million tonnes of long-lived radioactive mine wastes in China every year.

‘Toxic lake’ future for Olympic Dam, Roxby Downs Sun, 25 Oct, 2010 02:26 BHP must present feasible alternatives to prevent or reduce the environmental impacts of the proposed Olympic Dam expansion in the next phase of the Environmental Impact Statement process, the Australian Conservation Foundation (ACF) say.

The company is now preparing the supplement to the EIS in response to more than 4000 public submissions, but foundation anti-nuclear campaigner David Noonan says so far it is not good enough.

“ACF call on BHP to leave all uranium and other radioactive wastes at the Olympic Dam mine site, and to only proceed with a new open pit if all copper production is processed on site and if strict environmental preconditions are met,” Mr Noonan said.

“BHP propose precedent sale of uranium in copper concentrates to China.

“This is not sanctioned under Australia’s nuclear treaties … it would compromise our safeguards and environmental responsibilities, and dump some 1.2 million tonnes of long-lived radioactive mine wastes in China every year.

“China’s failure to observe human rights and their practice of jailing nuclear whistle blowers are sufficient reasons to disqualify China from receiving Australian uranium.”…

‘Toxic lake’ future for Olympic Dam – Local News – News – General – Roxby Downs Sun

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October 26, 2010 - Posted by | AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, politics international, uranium | , , , , , , , , ,

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