Antinuclear

Australian news, and some related international items

Olympic Dam uranium mine waste pile – 6720 hectares,150 metres high

BHP’s Olympic Dam uranium mining expansion “……In all it will remove a 350-metre thick layer of overburden and the rock taken out will be transported to a rock storage facility that covers 6720 hectares and will eventually be 150 metres high. By 2050, when the mine has not even completed half its life, the pit will be 4.1 kilometres long, 3.5 kilometres wide and one kilometre deep……” – Robert Gottliebson, Climate Spectator

May 16, 2011 Posted by | environment, South Australia, uranium | | Leave a comment

BHP’s uranium mine project will create a mountain of radioactive wastes

 “This EIS shows the company has designed Olympic Dam to leak up to eight million litres of liquid radioactive waste per day.  BHP Billiton plans to dump radioactive tailings on the surface and leave them there forever, rather than pay to isolate the toxic waste from the environment

BHP Final EIS & ACF Call to account for Olympic Dam’s international impact -BHP Billiton has released a multi-phonebook-sized environmental impact statement to support its proposal to make Olympic Dam the world’s largest uranium project, but the EIS does not address the risks that go along with Australian uranium when it is used in nuclear reactors overseas.

 The Australian Conservation Foundation has challenged the company to re-do its environmental assessment to take account of disasters like Fukushima. Continue reading

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Independent Australia interviews Dr Helen Caldicott

VIDEO   The horrifying consequences of the Fukushima meltdown | Independent Australia The horrifying consequences of the Fukushima meltdown Independent Australia EXCLUSIVE interview with Dr Helen Caldicott, who talks about the potential ramifications of the Fukushima meltdown, including the horrifying possibility of a hydrogen explosion, which is something the authorities aren’t discussing. By Sandi Keane| Environment Correspondent , 14 May 11,  Continue reading

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Rooftop protesters challeng Australia’s Minister for Coal, er – Climate Change

“Every dollar that goes back to the billionaire coal companies is a dollar that doesn’t go to ordinary Australians or into renewable energy projects.”

Protesters scale climate minister’s roof, Sydney Morning Herald, May 16, 2011 Environmental activists have scaled the roof of Climate Change Minister Greg Combet’s electorate office to protest the federal government’s carbon tax policy. Continue reading

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Australia’s Minister For Nuclear Energy squashes solar power’s prospects

the budget cuts come as solar policy is in turmoil, as feed-in-tariffs, introduced over the past few years to support the installation of rooftop solar, are set to be wound back or abolished.

Spending, like meters, goes backwards and forwards, Sydney Morning Herald, Paddy Manning, May 14, 2011 The budget was dismal for the renewable energy industry and the Energy Minister just doesn’t get it.

MORE proof ricocheted through Twitter this week that federal Energy Minister Martin Ferguson doesn’t ”get” renewables. Continue reading

May 16, 2011 Posted by | AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, people, politics, solar | | Leave a comment

Decentralised solar energy takes off with feed-in tariffs

“It might not seem like a lot if you look at one unit, but it’s like looking at ants,” ……. “If you look at one at a time, they seem tiny, but they build up into a large population. “

Green energy from city skylines, nwi.com, 15 May 11, While large wind and solar farms catch grief from nearby residents, engineers and designers have created ways to incorporate renewable energy systems into city skylines, including Chicago’s.

Across the United States, renewable energy developers are supplementing energy grids more discreetly, more affordably and on an urban-friendly scale. Continue reading

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Japan widens evacuation area beyond Fukushima nuclear zone

It was the news the people of Litate village had been dreading…..

After the plant’s operator, TEPCO, told the Japanese people that things were stabilising at Fukushima, it is now clear they knew far less about the situation than they were willing to admit.

Japan evacuates villages outside nuclear zone By North Asia correspondent Mark Willacy  ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation), 16 May 11, Japan began evacuating people from outside the official exclusion zone around the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant after it was revealed fuel rods there probably melted hours after March’s devastating earthquake. Continue reading

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