Australian news, and some related international items

May 1st’s antidote to Australia’s uranium lobby lies about: The Uranium Market

text-exposing-liesAUSTRALIA’S URANIUM EXPORT REVENUE IN PERSPECTIVE   YELLOWCAKE FEVER Exposing the Uranium Industry’s Economic Myths , Australian Conservation Foundation A serious constraint is the modest size of the global market for uranium. Even if all secondary supply is bundled  into the primary market, and lower spot prices are ignored, the figure still falls short of $10 billion p.a:
The claims of mining advocates about the economic benefits to Australia from uranium mining need to  be tempered by consideration of the high level of foreign ownership. Of the four companies producing  uranium as of March 2013: BHP Billiton (Olympic Dam) is 76% foreign-owned, Rio Tinto (Ranger)  83%, General Atomics/Heathgate Resources graph-down-uranium(Beverley) 100%, and Uranium One (Honeymoon)
 There is also considerable foreign ownership of uranium exploration companies.
Much has been written about the mixed economic effects of Australia’s mining boom. Negative impacts include
upward pressure on exchange rates; driving up the costs of skilled labour for businesses in other sectors;
driving up the prices of raw materials used in mining (for example concrete and steel); driving up the cost of
other services (for example construction). However the uranium industry could not be accused of contributing to
those negative impacts to any significant degree – its economic impacts, positive and negative, are minimal.

May 1, 2013 Posted by | AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, business, uranium | Leave a comment

Australia has yet another Minister For Promoting Nuclear Energy, Gary Gray




we thought we would have a Minister for ALL Resources and Energy – such as for Renewable Energy. But we thought wrong!

New Federal Resources and Energy Minister Gary Gray says he supports nuclear energy industry, Adelaide Now, by Valerina Changarathil, 1 May 13,   FEDERAL Resources and Energy Minister Gary Gray has thrown his support behind developing a nuclear energy industry in Australia but says it will happen in a “timely fashion”.

Minister Gray’s comments came in response to a question at the South Australian Resources and Energy Investment Conference specifically about considering changes to current legislation that prohibits nuclear power generation in Australia given the power requirements of the resources industry.

“Yes. I am a real optimist for the future of the uranium mining industry,” Mr Gray said. He said he was pleased to see approval for the latest uranium project by SA company Toro Energy in WA had passed “through the system”.

“We can’t discount the importance of what is happening in the global uranium markets,” he said.

The global uranium industry is currently reviewing its processes after the Fukushima nuclear plant disaster in Japan triggered by the earthquake in 2011.

 Mr Gray said the review would “drive an enlightened uranium market”. “That in itself will create commercial opportunities in our country, which of itself will drive action from government and regulators that will support development of those industries.

“I am optimistic that we will get (power) generation issues attended to and that it will be done in a timely fashion.”

Labor is opposed to nuclear power generation……

At the uranium conference on Monday, SA Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Tom Koutsantonis said there was no business case for nuclear enrichment facilities here and that it was not commercially viable.

“I don’t see a case for it in the near future,” he said, although he has expressed support for it in the past.

“We’ve got to value-add here in SA. Down the track, I would like to see some form of enrichment, some sort of value-add. We have to go out and passionately support the uranium industry,” he said at a conference in 2011……

Mr Gray has been in the role for a month and replaced Martin Ferguson who was sacked.

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Effects of MOX nuclear reprocessing on miscarrages in UK, lack of research, skewed research

Concerning the expensive research that has gone on around this field, into causation, there seems to be no consensus as to what is really causing it. I saw words like “might be” “is possible”, with no definitive statistics for things like alcohol, caffeine, having sex etc. etc.. 

Some studies though were more in depth and actually looking at issues such as changes in their concentrations within coagulation (also known to be caused by ionising radiation in Chernobyl) causing 15 percent of miscarriages and the unknowns causing 50 percent of miscarriages. And This through the early and late stages.. most would be lost in the early stages but I found evidence that late stage failed pregnancies were on the increase in the UK (it should be safer as the pregnancy progresses).

Meanwhile somewhere in Japan a genetics laboratory staff are still awaiting even a single blood sample from the Fukushima residents so they can test for ionising radiation damage (there is a test for this type of damage but it is not being used!).

So why did I draw your attention to Japan? The UK is complicit in covering up the effects of ionising radiation. The world science community relies on UK scientists to make their biased claims via peer reviewed article (70 percent of which are likely faulty reports in some way according to a recent stunning report) and the vast media presence of the BBC. This criminal use of science media and politics is responsible for the cover up on the effects on the people living in contaminated areas in Japan.

“We postulate that chronic low-level ecological and professional ionizing radiation exposure were causal for haemostasiological imbalance and impaired the cell-cell communication”

Why does the UK and the USA want to increase the amount of allowable contamination into our environment? Is it because our background radiation and more relevantly, our air quality has been polluted with the increased atmospheric emission coming from the new MOX fuel and waste disposal of nuclear materials, nuclear reactor emissions, weapons discharges and uranium/gold mining processes? And this is spreading micro-particles with ionising and toxic effects!

MOXShocking findings on effects of MOX processes on miscarriage and respiratory illness in the UK By Arclight2011  29 April 2013 

In this article I realise that I am touching on a sensitive subject and one that has impacted many. I hope to treat this subject with a respectful degree of gravitas. But I have some points to note. Continue reading

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Youtube: countering the uranium industry’s lies about uranium

YouTube  Dr. Jim Deutsch Corrects GE’s Uranium Secrets James Deutsch, MD, PhD, FRCP(C) Assistant Professor Faculty of Medicine University of Toronto

“I think it is important to take apart what the GE spokesperson quoted, which is that uranium is a natural entity and that the problem is not uranium but the general public’s so to speak fear of the unknown.
uranium-oreSo there is a problem with that.
It is true that uranium is a naturally occurring element , but we evolved as biological creatures above ground with virtually all of the uranium below the ground safely away from our DNA.
Now we are bringing all of this stuff above ground in different forms
and it goes into the body.
And uranium is an emitter that will release particles with energy that can damage the DNA and various tissues and organs in the body close up.

When the GE people talk about that living next to the reactor is about equivalent to one flight from Toronto to Vancouver
they are talking about gamma radiation which is a high energy radiation that can penetrate tissues and pass right through.

What is happening with uranium and the reactors which produce 200 isotopes that never existed before humankind created them.

What those various isotopes do is they go to specific organs in the body and reside there emitting lower energy particles that will damage the molecules within the cells in the tissues in those organs.

Children are especially susceptible, especially newborns and pregnant mothers.”

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Radioactive water is pouring into Fukushima’s nuclear power plant builings

water-radiationRadioactive water floods Fukushima buildings 1 May 13,  Workers have been struggling to contain radioactive wastewater left over from the Fukushima disaster. Radioactive groundwater is pouring into the buildings of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant at the rate of 75 gallons a minute, the New York Times reported. Worse, the flooding is not new. It’s been a constant headache since the nuclear disaster two years ago, forcing a small army of workers to continuously struggle to contain the endless flow of water.

“The water keeps increasing every minute, no matter whether we eat, sleep or work,” Masayuki Ono, a general manager with the Tokyo Electric Power Company, told the Times. “It feels like we are constantly being chased, but we are doing our best to stay a step in front.”

More from GlobalPost:  On Location Video: The dirty work of cleaning up Fukushima

According to the Times, the workers use massive tanks sprawling over 42 acres to hold the water, and even that isn’t enough.

In an interview  with the Associated Press, Ono’s description of the tanks was not exactly reassuring: “We admit that the underground tanks are not reliable. But we must keep using some of them that are relatively in good shape while monitoring them closely.”Earlier this month,  TEPCO admitted  that one of those holding tanks may have leaked up to 120 tons of contaminated water.

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Water shortages threatening nuclear energy in USA

nuke-tapCooling systems for nuclear plants and power plants that burned coal, gas and oil accounted for 41 per cent of fresh water withdrawals and 49 per cent of all water withdrawals.

 During the 2003 heat wave in France, which was responsible for more than 10,000 deaths, nuclear plants had to reduce their output, worsening the crisis. The rising temperature of river water meant they could not achieve sufficient cooling and still observe discharge limits

Nuclear and coal-fired power plants with OTC systems are especially vulnerable to droughts and heat waves because they rely on by far the largest volume of water withdrawals.

US energy supplies imperiled by water shortages, The Age May 1, 2013 – John Kemp Water and energy are inextricably linked.Power plants are the largest users of water in the United States, while substantial amounts of energy are needed to supply fresh water to homes, farms and factories and treat waste water prior to safe disposal.

Rising water consumption for hydraulic fracturing and production of biofuels, coupled with severe droughts in Texas in 2011 and across more than 60 per cent of the continental United States in 2012, have propelled that link up the policymakers’ agenda.

The threat to hydroelectric generation is obvious. But in 2007-2009, drought put the water supplies of 24 of the nation’s 104 reactors at nuclear plants at risk. In 2011, more than 3,000 megawatts of thermal generating capacity in Texas also was considered at risk of having to shut down if the drought persisted as reservoir levels plunged.

Texans were asked to conserve water to keep the lights on. The state was only spared blackouts because of high output from wind farms.

On April 25, the Energy and Natural Resources Committee of the US Senate held a hearing to explore the effect of drought on the energy sector and water management, reflecting lawmakers’ fears about the instability created by the tightening links between water and energy supplies.   Continue reading

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San Onofre nuclear reactor got a a plastic bag and broomstick fix

eyes-surprised‘Plastic Bags, Tape, Broomsticks Fix San Onofre Nuclear Power Plant Leak’ April 30, 2013,_Tape,_Broomsticks_Fix_San_Onofre_Nuclear_Power_Plant_Leak%E2%80%99/25680/0/38/38/Y/M.html  April 30, 2013  Source: 10 News ABC

An inside source gave Team 10 a picture snapped inside the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS) showing plastic bags, masking tape and broom sticks used to stem a massive leaky pipe.

San Onofre owner Southern California Edison (SCE), confirms the picture was taken inside Unit Three, but did not say when. The anonymous source said the picture was taken in December 2012.


Unit Three is the same unit that leaked radiation in January 2012. SONGS has been shutdown since then as a precaution.

“[Staff] identified a small leak in the water box and will perform maintenance per our scheduling process,” SCE spokeswoman Maureen Brown wrote in a statement. “In the meantime, plastic is in place to direct the water from the small leak to a drain.”(Team 10 took the picture to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) to see what federal regulators had to say about the quick fix. See the commission’s response today on 10News at 5 p.m.)

“If that’s nuclear technology at work and that’s how we’re going to control leaks I think the public should know,” the inside source said.

More than one anonymous source talked about the picture with Team 10. They said the public has a right to know about the plant’s condition, as the NRC decides whether the plant will be allowed to restart.

Unit Two is the generator under consideration for restart – not Unit Three – where the picture was taken. Currently there are no plans to restart Unit Three.

Sources also pointed to what appears to be corrosion on the pipe as a sign of the power plant’s age.

They claim rust is rampant throughout SONGS — including what sources call a fire suppression pipe, which protects both units.

“There’s a pipe that runs along the security fence, from one side of the plant to the other side of the plant — it’s totally blistered,” one inside source told Team 10.

“To take an isolated picture and leap to some kind of conclusion about maintenance is a pretty big leap,” SCE’s Brown said in a phone conversation.

“We are dealing with unknown territory here which has never been explored before,” another inside source said. Two inside sources called restarting SONGS “risky.”

SCE disputes those claims and told Team 10 the plant is safe to restart.

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Book and Audio: ‘A Short History of Nuclear Folly’

Hear-This-wayAUDIO –– ‘A Short History of Nuclear Folly’ and the lasting effects of the nuclear arms race


read-this-wayBook ‘A Short History of Nuclear Folly’ and the lasting effects of the nuclear arms race Jacob Margolis with Michelle Lanz | Take Two | April 30th, 2013, Though Russia and the U.S. are working together when it comes to investigating the bombing suspects in Boston – their relationship wasn’t always so amicable. Even today we have our problems.

Back in the 1980s there was always the threat of mutually assured nuclear destruction. Many people probably remember a time when, as schoolchildren, they were trained to hide under their wooden desks during nuclear blast drills. Had a blast actually happened they’d essentially be hiding under kindling, but that’s beside the point.

Before the threat of World War III, however, countries at the forefront of the nuclear arms race had to test these new weapons of mass destruction. The United States in particular tested weapons across the West, and radiation is still found in places like Nevada and Utah today. They treated Earth as their own nuclear testing playground, but that process could have a nasty effect on the environment.

In Rudolph Herzog’s new book, “A Short History of Nuclear Folly: Mad Scientists, Dithering Nazis, Lost Nukes and Catastrophic Cover-ups,” he traces the history of the nuclear race and what effects it has on the world today.

Interview Highlights:….

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