Australian news, and some related international items

Uranium mine expansion to damage marine life, leave huge radioactive wastes

plans for the desalination plant would pose a major risk to local marine life……..”Under no circumstances should the governments involved in the assessment of the supplementary EIS approve of this desalination plant,”

it will dump more than two cubic kilometres of radioactive tailings over an area measuring up to 44 square kilometres,” Senator Ludlum said.

“The new open pit proposed will leak over eight million litres of radioactive liquids every day.”

OLympic Dam Mine Expansion ‘Staggering’  ninemsn news, 31 May 11 BHP Billiton’s proposed expansion at its Olympic Dam mine in South Australia would make it the biggest mine in the world. The figures involved are simply staggering……….the whole site, with its production and support facilities, will cover an area of about 30 square kilometres, a fair chunk of Adelaide’s metropolitan area…… Continue reading

June 2, 2011 Posted by | environment, Olympic Dam, South Australia, uranium | , | Leave a comment

Half of Australia’s uranium workers not tested for radiation

Serious exposure to uranium had been discovered including workers showering and drinking radioactive water because of a pipe that was hooked up to the wrong section at an NT mine

Radiation dose register fails Northern Territory, Andrea Hayward May 31, 2011 Sydney Morning Herald  Half of Australia’s uranium mine workers have been left off the National Radiation Dose Register, a Senate hearing has heard.

Australian Greens senator Scott Ludlam said it was revealed in Senate estimates that workers at uranium mines in the Northern Territory had not been included on the register. Continue reading

June 2, 2011 Posted by | health, Northern Territory | Leave a comment

France recommends that Japan widen the Fukushima nuclear exclusion zone

Japan Nuclear Disaster Update 2 June Clean France’s Institute for Radiological Protection and Nuclear Safety recommends that an additional 70,000 people be evacuated from areas outside the already established 20 km zone, which includes 10,000 children. These figures are based on radiation data collected by U.S. and Japanese radiation monitors. Continue reading

June 2, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | 1 Comment