Australian Workers Union complacent about health, sends pro nuclear Submission to #NuclearCommissionSAust
AWU enthusiasm focuses on the opportunities in uranium mining, – says little about o the other phases of the full nuclear chain. Confident of the economic benefits of that chain, and keen for nuclear waste importing.
Notably, their Submission says very little about health: it is very complacent about radiation safety.
AUSTRALIAN WORKERS UNION SUBMISSION TO SA Nuclear Royal Commission http://nuclearrc.sa.gov.au/app/uploads/2015/11/Australian-Workers-Union-03-08-2015.pdf
Scott McDine- National Secretary The Australian Workers’ Union Level10, 377-383 Sussex Street, Sydney NSW 2000 Phone: 02 8005 3333 1 Fax: 02 8005 3300 Website: www.awu.net.au I Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
“……This submission asserts that the potential economic and employment benefits of the nuclear fuel cycle are vast, and that failure to act would represent a lost opportunity for South Australia. It also acknowledges Australia’s capacity to manage the safety, environmental and security risks associated with the nuclear industry……
Two major global forces, the pursuit of energy security and international efforts to reduce the damage of climate change, are driving a broadly based international revival of nuclear-powered generation as a reliable, low-carbon solution for the provision of base-load electricity…….
…Uranium exports could add between $14.2 billion and $17.4 billion (assuming mining is allowed in WA and Old) in net present value terms to Australian GOP between now and 2030. This would present a significant economic boost to the South Australian economy. Increased South Australian uranium exports could help avoid an additional 11 billion to 15 billion tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions up to 2030……..
Nuclear energy is also an increasingly cost effective energy option, over the assumed financial and operational life of plants. This is supported by modelling from the US Energy Information Administration (EIA), and accounts for the costs of capital, fuel, maintenance and financing.4 The public benefit of the nuclear fuel cycle is evident in royalties paid to state and territory governments from Uranium mines, and through taxation and other payments made by mining companies. With the world price of uranium is forecast to rise in the five years to 2020, 5 this benefit could potentially increase………
……If Australia’s domestic uranium production was increased in line with its natural uranium endowment, export revenue would be $2 billion per annum while adding 10,000 jobs.
Regulation prohibiting the expansion of the uranium mining industry is already prohibiting job growth in Australia. Looking to Queensland as an example, Australian Uranium Association (AUA) assessments of labour needs suggest that State Government uranium mining bans could stand in the way of more than 2,600 new jobs……..
Job opportunities…….Considering that Queensland has 3% of Australia’s uranium resources, compared to South Australia’s 80%, it can be extrapolated that a fully developed South Australia nuclear fuel cycle would employ over 10,000 workers…….
Wastes. ….Australia’s safety record, when combined with a large and mostly uninhabited geography, suggests potential for future storage and management of radioactive waste. Much of this vast land expanse is found in South Australia. Australia’s geography is rarely subject to tectonic shifts and thus makes it an excellent, global candidate for the storage phase of the fuel cycle. Such remoteness would also assist with managing the likely political difficulties associated with the development of this industry.
Storage while appropriate from a moral and security perspective would also present an economic boon to South Australia’s economy. South Australia could rightfully expect to extract a significant rental premium from nations that do not wish or are not capable of storing nuclear waste.
While the storage of waste would present environmental and security challenges, when balanced against external risks, economic benefits and Australia’s obligation to use its natural advantages as a candidate for storage, it is clear that this an industry that should be developed into the future.