Australian news, and some related international items

Famous Kakadu National Park in peril from radiation

For 30 years about 100,000 litres of contaminated water a day has been leaking from the tailings dam into fissures beneath Kakadu

Radioactive water threatens Kakadu, The Age, Lindsay Murdoch, April 16, 2011  Radioactive water is in danger of spilling into an Aboriginal community and Kakadu’s World Heritage-listed wetlands if record rainfalls continue to deluge the vast Ranger uranium mine. Continue reading

April 16, 2011 Posted by | Northern Territory, water | | Leave a comment

Rio Tinto chief avoids discussion of Jabiluka uranium mine

ERA chief executive Rob Atkinson told The Australian that ERA did not want Jabiluka –.. to become part of Kakadu…If Rio approaches the Mirarr people about development and gets knocked back, it is unable to make another approach for four years…

Du Plessis sidesteps questions on Jabiluka uranium * Matt Chambers   The Australian * April 16, 2011 RIO Tinto chairman Jan du Plessis has sidestepped questions over the future of the Jabiluka uranium mine in the Northern Territory, with the traditional owners of the area wanting it merged into Kakadu National Park so it cannot be mined. Continue reading

April 16, 2011 Posted by | aboriginal issues, Northern Territory | 1 Comment

World Health Organisation must cut free from International Atomic Energy Agency

open and transparent data must be collected and maintained for all biological systems – human, animal, plant….The World Health Organization (WHO) must sever its cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), in place since 1959, and assume independent responsibility in support of international health.

Is the Fukushima nuclear plant breakdown worse than Chernobyl? | San Francisco Bay View, by Janette D. Sherman, M.D., 16 April 11“…….Many pro-nuclear critics have downplayed the risks from Chernobyl, attributing concerns to “radio-phobia”; but documentation of disease is not limited to the human population. With few exceptions, animal and plant systems that were studied demonstrated structural abnormalities in offspring, loss of tolerance and viability, and genetic changes. Wild animals and plants do not drink alcohol, smoke or worry about compensation – so those factors cannot be held responsible. Continue reading

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Letter to United Nations from Yvonne Margarula

Yvonne Margarula’s letter to the UN expressing solidarity with the people of Fukushima , | Indymedia Australia, 16 Apr 2011 Below is a letter sent by Yvonne Margarula of the Mirrar people to Ban Ki Moon the Secretary General of the UN on the 6th of April 2011. The Mirrar are the traditional owners of the land that Ranger and Jabiluka Uranium mines are located on. These mines have been developed without the consent of the Mirrar people. The letter expresses solidarity with the people of Japan and sorrow that uraniun from the land of the Mirrar was used in the Fukushima plant. Continue reading

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Germany firm on closing nuclear industry

Germany already generates some 17 per cent of its electricity from renewables, a total it wants to increase to 40 per cent by 2020.

Germany reaffirms nuclear retreat The Irish Times – Sat, Apr 16, 2011 DEREK SCALLY A MONTH after her spectacular U-turn on nuclear energy, Chancellor Angela Merkel yesterday gave her officials six weeks to formulate a new national power plan for renewable and gas energy. Continue reading

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