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Tax-payer subsidises uranium mine, but unaware of toxic result

“BHP propose to dump radioactive mine tailings on the surface and to leave them there forever rather than to dispose of their wastes,”…“BHP do not intend to rehabilitate the proposed open pit, intending instead to leave a toxic lake as a radioactive scar on the landscape.”.

‘Toxic lake’ future for Olympic Dam,  Roxby Downs Sun, 25 Oct, 2010 “……..  BHP had designed the project to leak an average three million litres of liquid radioactive wastes a day until 2050 and only plan to line about 15 per cent of tailings piles.

“BHP propose to dump radioactive mine tailings on the surface and to leave them there forever rather than to dispose of their wastes,” David Noonan  said.“BHP do not intend to rehabilitate the proposed open pit, intending instead to leave a toxic lake as a radioactive scar on the landscape.”…..

Mr Noonan went on to slam a number of BHP’s proposals, including subsidies for diesel fuel use, saying the company should not be entitled to public subsidies of some $70 million a year.

“ACF calls on the Commonwealth and SA governments to direct BHP to assess a number of key feasible alternatives to prevent or significantly lessen the impact of BHP’s plans,” he said.

“The public has a right to know the full impacts of BHP’s plans and how those impacts may be prevented or mitigated.

“The public should be provided with a proper round of consultation on key project alternatives and the full project scale should be assessed in this EIS process.”

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

October 26, 2010 - Posted by | AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, secrets and lies, uranium | , , , , , , , , ,

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