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Australian news, and some related international items

The week to 15 April in nuclear news Australia

US, British and French forces  launched air strikes on chemical weapons sites in Syria. Russia claims that most  missiles fired were intercepted by Syrian air defence systems using Soviet-produced hardware.  We all hope that this will not escalate, at present it being a targeted attack in response to Syria’s illegal use of chemical weapons.

Accelerating rate of heat increasing in oceans, especially around Australia. Even America might now wake up to global warming – A major climate boundary in the central U.S. has shifted 140 miles due to global warming

AUSTRALIA

Australian govt plans for nuclear waste dump in rural South Australia. Kimba area local communities to have a Postal Ballot on this – BUT the National Radioactive Waste Management Facility  Taskforce is NOT truthfully informing people.

Still the Senate has published only 19 mainly pro nuclear submissions. You can bet that Holtec and other nuclear-related companies have sent in unpublished ones. Meanwhile, here are some of the better submissions so far (more to come later):

Nuclear Promotional Activities planned :Australia’s Department of Industry, Innovation and Science.  Kimba Economic Working Group on nuclear waste dump set up by Dept of Industry Innovation and Science.   Mayor of Kimba wavering about the area hosting a nuclear waste dump?

Lucas Heights’ accumulation of dangerous nuclear wastes. Costly and top secret transport of nuclear waste from Lucas Heights to (possibly)  Port Kembla, then to France.

Bushfires today 15 Aug near Barden Ridge (i.e. Lucas Heights): could they be a threat to the nuclear reactor complex?

South Australia’s Liberal Premier “open to nuclear power“.

Whyalla steelworks boss Sanjeev Gupta says renewables ‘cheaper and easier’ than nuclear.a.

 

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Kimba Postal Ballot – BUT the National Radioactive Waste Management Facility  Taskforce NOT truthfully informing people

Federal Science Minister Canavan this week announced a postal ballot August 20 of the so-called ‘local communities’ – Kimba & Wallerberdina – for the purpose of gaining consent towards furthering the NRWMF Site Selection process.

Informed consent requires both these electorates (& the wider Australian society) be fully appraised of all facets integral to any nuke dump.

Such would include these minimal requirements:
1.   Adequate time to digest & follow up the outcomes from the current Senate Select Committee Inquiry into the NRWMF Community Engagement Process.

2.   A complete knowledge of the actual nature, containment types, timings, duration & volumes of material destined for the facility – including a full & competent inventory of radioactive waste legacy holdings. For example: HIFAR decommissioned; ILW from all sources; CSIRO & DoD Woomera; DSTO Edinburgh; & SAGovt Radium Hill, amongst others.

Without such widespread understanding, any Poll result would lack competency, demonstrate a failure of administrative process & further exacerbate the existing community divisions created by the NRWMF Project deficient governance.

So far, the National Radioactive Waste Management Facility  Taskforce has focused almost exclusively upon ANSTO radiopharma production gloves & gowns @ Lucas Heights.

THE TASKFORCE NEEDS TO PRO-ACTIVELY FULLY APPRAISE EVERYONE BEFORE ANY CASTING OF BALLOTS

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New Mexico: informational tour to warn community against accepting nuclear waste from East Coast

New Mexico Political Report 11th April 2018 , Groups opposed to construction of a storage facility for spent nuclear fuel
from the nation’s commercial reactors are on a tour this week to make sure people know what’s being proposed for southern New Mexico.

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission is considering a proposal from Holtec International to build and transport the waste, now stored in casks at various nuclear power plants around the country, to southern New Mexico.

Don Hancock, director of the Southwest Research and Information Center’s nuclear-waste program, said New Mexico shouldn’t be the repository for 60
years’ worth of nuclear waste generated on the East Coast.
http://nmpoliticalreport.com/824292/groups-fight-nuclear-waste-storage-proposal-in-n

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Janet Tiller: deep concern at plan for radioactive trash dump on agricultural land- submission to Senate

Senate Inquiry Submission into the Nuclear Waste Site Selection Process , Janet Tiller                 I am deeply concerned and  upset that the Federal Government are considering Kimba as potential site for a Radioactive Waste Facility. Kimba has been a farming community since the land was starting to be cleared in the late 1800’s. We produce mainly Wheat, Meat and Wool and I am afraid if the Radioactive waste is stored anywhere in our community it could adversely affect the prices for our land and the Wheat, Meat and Wool (they can be very fickle industries).

I would also like to know what is the true definition of broad community support. We were advised it was 65 percent then after the vote to determine those for and against the facility, Matt Canavan the Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science decided it would be 57 percent. Why? The vote was only for Kimba residents, farm owners and people that owned property in the community. The Dump could adversely affect more than just Kimba it could affect the whole of Eyre Peninsula with its “ Clean Green” image, a Radioactive Waste Facility won’t exactly fit in there.

A committee of 16 has been formed and their aim is to decide where the $2 million (now we are in the 2nd stage of the process) will be spent in the community. The committee was selected from applicants and said to be chosen from a broad selection of the community from Farming, Business, some for the RWF and some against. There are only 4 people on that committee of 16 that were against the dump, they won’t have a very strong voice will they? I look forward to your reply.

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Costly and top secret transport of nuclear waste from Lucas Heights to port, then to France

Tight security for shipment of nuclear waste from Lucas Heights to France, THE AUSTRALIAN, SIAN POWELL, 12 APR 18 

A top-secret security operation to send spent radioactive fuel rods from Australia’s nuclear reactor to France for reprocessing is planned for the coming months.

Potentially involving hundreds of state and federal police, the details of the transport operation will remain confidential until after the shipment arrives at La Hague, in northwest France.

Unused uranium and plutonium will then be removed from the fuel rods, and the residual waste eventually returned to Australia for storage. About 500kg of unused low-enriched uranium and 4.5kg of unused plutonium will be recovered from the rods…

The Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation at Lucas Heights in Sydney’s south has confirmed the shipment will be trucked to a port for transport to La Hague midway through this year.

The route, the port, the time and the ship, as well as the numbers of ­security personnel, will remain confidential until after the mission is completed.

The last shipment of spent rods was sent to the US in 2009, and both Port Kembla and Port Botany have been used as shipment ports in the past.

When reprocessed nuclear waste was returned to Australia in 2015 for storage at Lucas Heights, more than 500 police were ­deployed to guard the shipment, and it is expected at least that number will guard the radioactive cargo destined for France.

The radioactive spent fuel rods will be packed into an undisclosed number of ­immensely tough lead and stainless steel transport casks for the journey to France.

“These casks are purpose-­engineered to safely transport this type of material without risk to people or the environment,” said the manager of the multipurpose OPAL Reactor at Lucas Heights, Dave Vittorio. “Even a jet plane strike could not penetrate them.”

The total cost of the project is $45 million, including the contract with France, equipment, staff costs, and incidentals.

…… Australia, like other nations, pays to use the La Hague facility’s infrastructure and expertise. The shipment will be the 10th export of spent nuclear fuel ­assemblies used in the OPAL ­reactor’s first 10 years of operation. ….https://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/health-science/tight-security-for-shipment-of-nuclear-waste-from-lucas-heights-to-france/news-story/5549c370206c15aa1bc1a4b2367d6552

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Nuclear Promotional Activities planned :Australia’s Department of Industry, Innovation and Science

Department of Industry, Innovation and Science Bruce Wilson,  9 April 2018.  The department has compiled the attached table of planned activities with indicative dates.

As explained in the department’s submission, provided on 3 April 2018, the process is beingundertaken closely with the communities. Accordingly, the milestones and precise dates of  activities will depend on community feedback and will be determined with community representatives. The timing of certain decisions within government are also the prerogative of the Executive and could be subject to change. For this reason, we have included a highlevel timeline of activities, with broad date ranges, to allow flexibility to respond to the needs of communities and executive government processes.

Table: Planned community consultation and activities and indicative dates to April 2019

Activity Topic Indicative timing

Information RWMF Governance Framework released Ql/2018

Consultation Kimba Economic Working Group established Ql/2018

Engagement- Quom-Work Experience Program – ANSTO Ql/2018

Consultation Barndioota Consultative Committee meets Ql/2018

Consultation Kimba Consultative Committee meets Ql/2018

Information Wallerberdina Aboriginal Heritage Ql/2018

Information Monthly newsletters – Wallerberdina and Kimba Ql/2018

Consultation Barndioota Consultative Committee meets Q2/2018

Consultation Kimba Consultative Committee meets Q2/2018

Consultation Barndioota Economic Working Group meets Q2/2018

Consultation Kimba Economic Working Group meets Q2/2018

Consultation ANSTO visits and consults Hawker and Kimba Q2/2018

Event Hawker Community Industry Expo Q2/2018

Event NRWMF Agriculture meeting Q2/2018

Information Monthly newsletters – Wallerberdina and Kimba Q2/2018

Information NRWMF Agriculture information Q2/2018

Information NRWMF Waste Acceptance Criteria Q2/2018

Information NRWMF Safety and Security Q2/2018

Information NRWMF Transport Q2/2018

Information NRWMF Site Suitability Assessment Q2/2018

Information NRWMF Facility design Q2/2018

Information NRWMF Infrastructure and enabling services Q2/2018

Information NRMWF Operation and jobs information Q272018

Consultation Barndioota Consultative Committee meets Q3/2018

Consultation Kimba Consultative Committee meets Q3/2018

Consultation Barndioota Economic Working Group meets Q3/2018

Consultation Kimba Economic Working Group meets Q3/2018

Information Senate Inquiry hands down report 14 August 2018

Event Communities vote Q3/2018

Site selection Community sentiment assessment 0.3/2018

Site selection Site Selection report Q3/2018

Site selection Minister gives notice of intent on preferred site Q4/2018

industry.gov.au

Industry House – 10 Binara Street, Canberra City, ACT 2601

GPO Box 2013 Canberra ACT 2601 ABN: 74 599 608 295

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Site selection 60 Day consultation commences Q4/2018

Site selection Minister declares a site Q4/2018

Site selection Minister acquires the land Q4/2018

Milestone Detailed Business Case finalised Q4/2018

Consultation Regional Consultative Committee established Q1/2019

Milestone Public Works Committee Q1/2019

Consultation Environment Protection Biodiversity Conservation Q1/2019

approvals process

Consultation Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Q1/2019

Agency approvals process

industry.    https://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Committees/Senate/Economics/Wastemanagementfacility/Additional_Documents

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Kimba Economic Working Group on nuclear waste dump set up by Dept of Industry Innovation and Science

 National Radioactive Waste Management Facility 
12 APRIL 2018  A new group in the South Australian community of Kimba will be charged with investigating all economic opportunities and issues associated with a proposed National Radioactive Waste Management Facility.

Minister for Resources and Northern Australia Matt Canavan today announced the members of the Kimba Economic Working Group, established as part of the Phase Two consultation process that is currently underway in the area.

“Together, the Phase Two community consultation and results of technical studies will help inform a decision on whether the Facility is located at one of the two volunteered sites in Kimba,” Minister Canavan said.

“Eight people from the Kimba area have been appointed as members, including farmers, Councillors and business owners, and people for, against and neutral on the proposal.

“David Schmidt, long-time Kimba resident and active local community member, has been named as the Group’s Chair.”

………The Kimba Group mirrors successfully established group around the Wallerberdina Station site, which is already developing a range of ideas on how local business could benefit from a Facility.The Kimba Economic Working Group will meet on about a monthly basis for the duration of the Phase Two consultation process.

Members of the Kimba Economic Working Group are:

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