Australian news, and some related international items

to 7th May – nuclear news Australia

Oh dear – it’s all  – will he or won’t he destroy the Iran nuclear deal? Will he have a successful nuclear talk with Kim Jong Un? Will he sell nuclear reactors to Saudi Arabia without safeguards against nuclear weapons?  Will I ever do a newsletter without Trumpiness?


Australia, France, in support of Iran nuclear deal.

Federal Nuclear waste dump plan  Two years of community resistance to nuclear waste dump plan for Australia’s iconic Flinders Ranges.  Local indigenous not impressed! ANSTO brought an indigenous nuclear spruiker from New South Wales to Flinders Ranges.  Australia’s “Nuclear Archbishop” Dr Adi Paterson, graced Kimba with a visit.

These are some more submissions received by the Senate Inquiry into Selection Process for Siting Nuclear Waste Dump

Unanswered questions: what does ANSTO do with the high level nuclear waste canisters at Lucas Heights?

BHP, Heathgate, and Turnbull government keen to sell uranium to India.

Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists praises “straight talk” from Dr Helen Caldicott.


The North Shore Environmental Stewards – Liberals aim to unseat Tony Abbott, over his climate denialism.  Malcolm Turnbull has become a de-facto climate denier.  Doctors for the Environment Australia speak out on Australia’s disgraceful response to climate change. South Australia Health now dealing with infectious disease threats increased due to climate change.

RENEWABLE ENERGY Australia can be the first 100 per cent renewables-powered continent.  Renewable energy jobs up by a third – Australian Bureau of Statistics.  Images of the Day: Australia top solar postcodes, from the sky . Sapphire wind farm turns on for ACT’s 100% renewables target. Gupta signs up solar farm to power Victoria steelworks.

Australia becoming the global centre for renewables for mines.

Commercial solar hots up in WA, as business wakes up to savings.  The subsidy-free wind farms that returned money to ACT consumers in 2017.  “No way” anyone will fund new coal plants under NEG, says Schott. CEFC and Pro-Invest reach for the stars with first clean energy investment in the hotels sector .   Australia Zoo goes solar, with 648kW of PV .  South Australia solar farm connects to the grid.   first lithium battery recycling plant established in Gisborne, Victoria.

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Sisters of St Joseph finds the Terms of Reference for Senate Inquiry on Nuclear Waste Dumping to be ‘grossly inadequate”

Others however do not consider that the financial risks are adequate. Their concerns  have been articulated in community discussions:
• The loss of value to the spectacular tourist lands of the Flinders ranges
• The damage to farming country near Kimba
• The harm to below surface water tables
• The adverse effect on the prices of livestock and crops, caused by proximity to radioactive waste
• The adverse effect on the prices of land adjoining the site
• The fear that the Commission’s case for a nuclear making a profit is based on inflated estimates of the income and deflated estimates of the costs and risks
The sites near Kimba are in a productive agricultural region. This is in conflict with the National Health and Medical Research Council’s Code of Practice on radioactive waste, which states that radioactive waste disposal sites should have “little or no potential for agriculture” 

The question for all of us must be faced. What sort of planet will our children, grand children and great grand children inherit, if this land is used in the way proposed by the Government?

Josephite Justice Office, North Sydney NSW 2060,  Submission to Senate Inquiry SELECTION PROCESS FOR A NATIONAL RADIOACTIVE WASTE MANAGEMENT FACILITY IN SOUTH AUSTRALIA Contact Jan Barnett rsj  (Submission No. 68)

This submission is presented on behalf of the Josephite Justice Office, a ministry of the Congregations of the Sisters of St Joseph. The Sisters of St Joseph and our Associates (numbering approximately three thousand women and men) were founded in the mid-nineteenth century by Mary MacKillop and Julian Tenison Woods to work with those suffering from poverty and social disadvantage. We educate, advocate and work for justice, for earth and people, especially those pushed to the margins.

We commend this Inquiry into the siting of national radioactive waste management facility (NRWMF) at Kimba and Hawker. It is particularly encouraging to note that the Government has stated unequivocally that it will not impose such a facility on an unwilling community. The controversy surrounding the siting of a NRWMF in any area of Australia over recent years indicates the strength of feeling and the contradictory evidence being argued. It is our belief that until these arguments can be resolved, then even the specific terms of reference nominated for the Inquiry will be grossly inadequate. Continue reading

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Time for South Australians, ALL Australians, to rally against nuclear waste dumping in beautiful Flinders Ranges

Anti-nuclear protesters increase fight against radioactive dump being established in SA
The Advertiser Erin Jones, Regional Reporter, Sunday Mail (SA) May 5, 2018

ANTI-NUCLEAR campaigners will increase their fight to stop South Australia from becoming the nation’s radioactive waste ground, ahead of a final vote by the community.

Hundreds of postcards will be sent to Federal Resources Minister Matt Canavan demanding cultural heritage sites, agricultural land and the environment be protected from nuclear waste.

The Federal Government is expected to decide in the coming months whether to build a low-level and intermediate-level waste facility at Kimba or Barndioota, in the Flinders Ranges.

The two-year site selection process has divided both communities, those in favour believed it would create economic opportunities, while those opposed said it would jeopardise industries.

Conservation SA nuclear waste campaigner Mara Bonacci said the government needed to be more transparent about the facility ahead of an August 20 community ballot.

“There is division in both communities, whether it’s people who are pro-nuclear waste or anti-nuclear, they both want what’s best for the community,” Ms Bonacci said.

But the pro-waste people are saying it will create lots of jobs, but we haven’t got any clarity around the numbers or if they’re full-time.

“We also want to know what number the Minister wants in a community vote to show ‘broad community support’ for the facility.”

Before the government decides on the successful site, residents from both communities will be given a final chance to accept or reject the proposal.

The ballot will be held less than a week after findings of a Senate Inquiry into the site-selection process are to be released, on August 14.

Mr Canavan told the Sunday Mail the government would provide more detailed information on the project’s design, job creation, cost, community benefits and safety, ahead of the ballot.

He said a nuclear waste facility would not be imposed on an unwilling community and it would need “broad community support” – although no arbitrary figure was provided.

“As we have always said, a range of factors will be used to determine broad community support, including the results of a public ballot, public and private submissions, and feedback from stakeholders during community discussions, including neighbours, councils and local groups,” Mr Canavan said. “The consultation process is engaging people on all sides of the discussion, and all views – supportive, neutral and opposed – are taken into account.”

The ballot will include residents of the Flinders Ranges Council and within a 50km radius of the Barnidoota site, and the Kimba District Council.

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Indigenous pride

Heather Mckenzie Stuart,  Fight To Stop Nuclear Waste Dump In Flinders Ranges SA, 7 May 18    Just letting people know, no one uses myself, Regina McKenzie Vivianne C McKenzie re the proposed nuclear waste dump at Barndioota Wallerberdina in our yarta in the Flinders Ranges. We are women who believe in protecting our cultural heritage and all aspects of it. We are not puppets on anyone’s string in anyone’s hand, we have got our own minds and we wont back down. Conservationists ( God bless them) do not use us, we use them and their resources to stand, protest and fight against evil like a nuclear waste dump that comes into our yarta. They learn from us in reverse. We love our conservationist friends our supporters those who believe what we believe in protecting Gods creation, we with them will never give in to what is been forced on South Australia!

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California’s new energy standards to require new homes to be built with solar panels

Independent 5th May 2018 , California is set to become the first US state to make solar panels
mandatory on most newly built homes. The state’s Energy Commission is due
to vote next week on new energy standards that would require virtually all
new homes to be constructed with solar panels from 2020. Currently around
20 per cent of single-family homes are constructed with solar capacity
built in, but if the new standards are approved as expected this proportion
will rise sharply.

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Holtec’s nuclear colonialism in New Mexico, (Just like South Australia)

Proposed nuclear storage site in southeast New Mexico accused of ‘nuclear colonialism’ Adrian C Hedden, Carlsbad Current-Argus  May 4, 2018  

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Radiation from Maralinga nuclear bomb tests took its toll, and it’s still radioactive there

‘Yes, there is still radiation here’, Gulf News 4 May 18 , Australia’s least likely tourist spot: a test site for atom bombs  “……..

“Yes, there is still radiation here,” Robin Matthews (  Australia’s only nuclear tour guide) said as he drove a minibus to the sites where the Australian and British governments dropped seven bombs between 1956 and 1963, which dotted the earth with huge craters and poisoned scores of indigenous people and their descendants.

Back then, the government placed hundreds of human guinea pigs — wearing only shorts and long socks — in the front areas of the test zones. The effects of large doses of radiation were devastating…….

Today, just four people live full time in Maralinga village, a veritable ghost town. Amid the old buildings are new lodgings built for tourists, complete with hot water and Wi-Fi.

In the 1950s and ‘60s, at the height of the Cold War, 35,000 military personnel lived here.

The first nuclear test was conducted in September 1956, two months before the Melbourne Olympics.

That blast — as powerful as the bomb that the US dropped on Hiroshima — was the first of seven atom bombs set off here.  But it was the so-called minor tests that were the most harrowing. Carried out in secret, the tests examined how toxic substances, including uranium and plutonium 239, would react when burnt or blown up.

….. Around one area tourists can visit are 22 major pits, each at least 15 metres deep and cased in reinforced concrete to prevent dangerous radiation from seeping out.

The site looks like a recently tilled garden bed, stretching out for hundreds of yards, in a near perfect circle. Dotting the red desert earth are shards of twisted metal. Aside from a few feral camels loping nearby, it is still and silent.

But on October 4 1956, a “nuclear landmine” was detonated here, tearing a crater 40 metres wide and 21 metres deep into the earth.

‘This is their land’

The resulting atomic reaction took only a fraction of a second, but its effects on one indigenous family would last decades. Survivors of the blasts, their children and grandchildren suffered from cataracts, blood diseases, arthritic conditions, stomach cancers and birth defects…….


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Bikini was just the beginning — Beyond Nuclear International

Marshall Islands now besieged by radiation and sea level rise

via Bikini was just the beginning — Beyond Nuclear International

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WA firms grip on booming battery market, as lithium refinery site selected — RenewEconomy

A site at Kwinana, south of Perth, has been earmarked for one of world’s biggest lithium refineries.

via WA firms grip on booming battery market, as lithium refinery site selected — RenewEconomy

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Will Australia turn to EVs to address poor fuel security, or ignore them? — RenewEconomy

Long-awaited review of precarious transport fuel security released by federal government – but are EVs being taken into account?

via Will Australia turn to EVs to address poor fuel security, or ignore them? — RenewEconomy

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Leave uranium in the ground — Beyond Nuclear International

Indigenous peoples sounded the warning, then started a movement

via Leave uranium in the ground — Beyond Nuclear International

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May 6 Energy News



¶ “Plugging in” • Hard though this might be to believe for those who live in Alaska, where the single-engine Super Cub aircraft of the last century remains a cherished form of transportation, the world of aviation appears on the cusp of an electric revolution. Battery-powered aircraft, already certified and flying in Australia, are coming. []

Eviation’s nine-seat commuter (Eviation photo)

¶ “As Winter Warms, Bears Can’t Sleep. Plus They Truly Are Getting Into Trouble.” • As climate change leads to warmer winters, American black bears are changing their hibernation routines. In some cases, bears are not hibernating at all, staying awake all winter. But with droughts, they might not find enough food in the wild. [Independent Recorder]

¶ “In India’s last electrified village: ‘Around 5-6 pm, bulb came on… That night, not one of us slept…'” • Villagers in Leisang in Manipur hope the…

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