No true transparency in the machinations of the Nuclear Fuel Chain Royal Commission
“Transparency” is a term when used in such context, makes a mockery of public consultation and decision-making. In an industry that is hidden within Legislative Agreements that prohibit “freedom of information” and with information locked up in inter-departmental exchanges that circumvent any public disclosure, there is no transparency. Local get-togethers do not equal public engagement. These are serious matters which are of National concern
Response to “Tentative Findings” – Anne McGovern
Overview The subject of Nuclear Fuel production has been a matter of National discussion and investigation for the past 60 years in Australia. The people of this country have emphatically rejected the development of Nuclear Fuel production, from every stage of mining, milling, fuel fabrication and power generation, to any involvement in the proliferation of nuclear weapons in the world.
The Nuclear Power proponents, have at every stage despite persistant resistance, continued to force the Australian Public to defend the non-nuclear position. Here, we find ourselves again defending the right of our country to remain as Nuclear-Free as possible, considering we have already be encumbered with the legacy of numbers of Uranium Mines past and present, for a clean future in Australia.
These are serious issues which the Public does not take lightly. It is plain to see from these “Tentative Findings” that minimal consideration has been given to the concerns and objections raised in a range of submissions received.
The subject matter which the Commission has been charged to investigate, has been studied in a less than thorough or in depth manner.
The following comments are responses based on first- hand knowledge of the actions of the Nuclear Industry in South Australia as was my Submission.
The Energy Future 1. It must be re-iterated that proponents of Nuclear power production cannot claim that this is a “lowcarbon energy generation technology”, whyen the current mode of producing the raw materials for such p[ower production, is generated from the use of high levels of fossil-fuel generated power, eg. Olympic Dam requires 10% of S>A> electricity for production purposes, and, produces high levels of carbon-rich emissions…..
Exploration, Extraction and Milling. 3.This paper’s over-simplification of the hazards of Uranium Mining is irresponsible……
Further Processing and Manufacture.…….
The Legislative framework which inhibits development of a Nuclear manufacturing industry is there in rersponse to the rejection of this industry by the Australian people. The position that has been taken is the result of exhaustive studies and investigation of Nuclear Power by a wide section of the Health, Work Safety, Scientific and broader Community……
. The problems of this hazardous industry have been reduced through these findings, to a misleading financial enticement to the General Public, that ignores the reality of dealing with Nuclear materials and the problems that do already exist in Australia as a result of Nuclear contamination.
Management, Storage and Disposal of Waste. This paper states: “Manufacturing radiopharmaceuticals using cyclotron produces very small quantities of short-lived wastes, which are already managed……ANSTO sufficient for Australia’s needs.”…….
It is irresponsible of countries to take on use of Nuclear materials without having disposal plans…..
A national radioactive repository was rejected in S.A. in the late 1990’s, and then in the N.T. in 2015. An international nuclear waste facility was rejected in W.A. in 2002. This paper focuses almost singularly on the money to be derived for giving irresponsible decisionmakers here and abroad, an out for the problems they have created…….
“Transparency” is a term when used in such context, makes a mockery of public consultation and decision-making. In an industry that is hidden within Legislative Agreements that prohibit “freedom of information” and with information locked up in inter-departmental exchanges that circumvent any public disclosure, there is no transparency. Local get-togethers do not equal public engagement. These are serious matters which are of National concern………http://nuclearrc.sa.gov.au/app/uploads/2016/04/McGovern-Anne.pdf
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