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Canadian uranium company determined to mine in W.A.

Senator Ludlam said that this week’s bid to win approval was “particularly provocative” because it involved a Canadian-Japanese venture proposing to mine uranium while a nuclear plant in Japan was smouldering.

Cameco uranium push goes on * Andrew Burrell *  The Australian * March 31, 2011 CANADIAN uranium giant Cameco is pushing ahead with plans to win government approvals for its Kintyre uranium project in Western Australia despite opposition from the Greens and doubts over long-term demand for the fuel since Japan’s nuclear crisis.

……………….But Cameco’s push for approval comes amid heightened anxiety about uranium following the earthquake and tsunami in Japan, which caused catastrophic damage to nuclear reactors at Fukushima and the release of radiocative material

But as foreshadowed by The Australian last year, Greens senator Scott Ludlam plans to use the party’s alliance with the Gillard government — and its balance of power in the Senate from July — to try to block the Kintyre project.

The project will require approval from federal Environment Minister Tony Burke.Cameco plans to truck yellowcake from the Pilbara through several towns to a transport hub near Kalgoorlie, and then use rail or road to take it to Port Adelaide for export. Senator Ludlam said that this week’s bid to win approval was “particularly provocative” because it involved a Canadian-Japanese venture proposing to mine uranium while a nuclear plant in Japan was smouldering.”There are a significant number of freight truck accidents in Western Australia each year, but that’s just part of the concern,” he said.”The mine itself is proposed for a site right next to Rudall River, alongside the Karlamilyi National Park.”……..
Cameco uranium push goes on | The Australian

March 31, 2011 - Posted by | politics, Western Australia

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