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Submission Points to Royal Commission Issues Paper 1 EXPLORATION, EXTRACTION AND MILLING

Submissions to this Paper are due by July 24  POINTS TO CONSIDER

They want you to direct your answers to the points they have set out in http://nuclearrc.sa.gov.au/our-reports/exploration-extraction-and-milling/    SO: here are a few ideas:

1.1 and 1.2. (economics of uranium industry) Australia’s uranium production of 5,000 tonnes in 2014 was the lowest for 16 years. The industry generates less than 0.2 per cent of national export revenue and accounts for less than 0.02 per cent of jobs in Australia. (1)

Nowhere in this Issues Paper is information given on Government funding of the nuclear industry either directly in the form of grants and through government supplied services.

1.12  (Uranium enrichment) and 1.7  (Future of uranium market) The 2006 Switkowski Review concluded that “there may be little real opportunity for Australian companies to extend profitably” into enrichment. (2) Conditions are no more conducive to the establishment of an enrichment industry now than they were in 2006. Former World Nuclear Association executive Steve Kidd noted in July 2014 that “the world enrichment market is heavily over-supplied”.(3)

1.8. (health effects) There is a well established link between uranium mining and lung cancer. (4) Exposure to even low-level radiation is a health hazard. That is the position of all relevant expert bodies such as the United Nations Scientific Committee on the Effects of Atomic Radiation. As the the US National Academy of Sciences’ Committee on the Biological Effects of Ionising Radiation states, “the risk of cancer proceeds in a linear fashion at lower doses without a threshold and … the smallest dose has the potential to cause a small increase in risk to humans.”

1.10 (risks) Enrichment plants can produce both low-enriched uranium for reactors and highly-enriched uranium for weapons.

1.13 (effects on other industries). South Australia’s remarkable success in renewable energy, and its reputation for clean agricultural produce would clearly be threatened by further development in the uranium/nuclear industry

(1) http://www.conservationsa.org.au/images/Nuclear_Royal_Commission_issues_summary.pdf

(2) http://www.ansto.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0005/38975/Umpner_report_2006.pdf

(3) Nuclear Engineering International Magazine, May 2014

(4) http://www.mapw.org.au/files/downloads/Nuclear-power-uranium-mining-&-public-health_MAPW-Factsheet.pdf

Scarce and Brooks

July 6, 2015 - Posted by | Christina themes, NUCLEAR ROYAL COMMISSION 2016

1 Comment »

  1. Hi Christina,

    With all this nonsense about ‘re-igniting'(no pun intended) the nuclear push in SA .. the attached link (in case you haven’t already seen it) puts a ‘new’ concept of energy up for grabs ..

    Cheers
    James Mason

    http://www.gizmag.com/australia-vast-geothermal-resources/38311/?utm_source=Gizmag+Subscribers&utm_campaign=b905b97bef-UA-2235360-4&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_65b67362bd-b905b97bef-91764769

    Like

    Comment by James Mason | July 6, 2015 | Reply


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