Antinuclear

Australian news, and some related international items

Environmental Defenders Office shows up flaws in Department of Industry, Science and Innovation’s report on nuclear waste siting

With all of the proposed sites there was strong opposition to moving onto phase 2 of the process. The two preferred sites chosen, both in South Australia, also had strong opposition, but the strong opposition was slightly less that the other three sites. Slightly less opposition cannot amount to ‘broad community support’.

Barndioota site:

The Phase 1 summary report also states that 65% of those surveyed were in support of progressing to stage 2. From our assessment of the raw data, this figure is incorrect. The data shows a figure of 51% of those surveyed being opposed to progressing to stage 2.3 Additionally, there was almost unanimous indigenous opposition to this site.

The Kimba site does not meet the Government’s criteria as having ‘broad community support’ and needs to be abandoned as a potential national radioactive waste facility

All Australians should have the right to have a say on this issue. Furthermore communities along any transport routes need to be informed of the risks and consulted in relation to the proposed sites before any site is chosen. This is an essential part of ascertaining support for the project .

 

Environmental Defenders Office. Melissa Ballantyne Coordinator/Solicitor Environmental Defenders Office (SA) Inc.   Submission to the Senate Committee Inquiring into Site Selection for the National Nuclear Waste Facility (Submission No. 43) 

The Environmental Defenders Office (SA) Inc (“the EDO”) is an independent community legal centre with over twenty-five years of experience specialising in environmental and planning law. EDO functions include legal advice and representation, law reform and policy work and community legal education. The EDO appreciates the opportunity to provide a submission to this Inquiry, which is seeking comment on a number of Terms of Reference.

The EDO submission relates to the following terms of reference: “The Government has stated that it will not impose such a facility on an unwilling community, with particular reference to:

.b) how the need for ‘broad community support’ has played and will continue to play a part in the process, including:

  1. The definition of ‘broad community support’ and ii) how ‘broad community support’ has been or will be determined for each process advancement stage …………..e) whether wider (Eyre Peninsular or state-wide) community views should be taken into consideration and, if so, how this is occurring or should be occurring; …….” 1. Broad community support

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May 23, 2018 Posted by | AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, Federal nuclear waste dump | Leave a comment

Friends of the Earth debunk the propaganda of pro nuclear shill Ben Heard

Neal Blue – General Atomics

Ben Heard and the fake environment group ‘Bright New World’ that accepts secret corporate donations  Foe.org  This webpage factually rebuts some of the misinformation promulgated by paid nuclear lobbyist Ben Heard, whose fake environment group / corporate front group ‘Bright New World’ accepts secret corporate donations.

For factual rebuttals of the misinformation promulgated by other nuclear advocates please visit: https://nuclear.foe.org.au/propaganda/

Would you do consulting work for this company or promote its uranium mine in South Australia? Ben Heard has done both.

Scientists debunk the disgraceful anti-renewables propaganda of Ben Heard, the paid nuclear lobbyist whose fake environment group accepts secret corporate donations

Can we get 100 percent of our energy from renewable sources?

New article gathers the evidence to address the sceptics

Public release ‒ 17 May 2018

Lappeenranta University of Technology

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-05/luot-cwg051718.php

More dangerous misinformation – nuclear power/weapons connections

Ben Heard – the paid nuclear lobbyist whose fake environment group accepts secret corporate donations – claims that: “Peace is furthered when a nation embraces nuclear power, because it makes that nation empirically less likely to embark on a nuclear weapons program. That is the finding of a 2017 study published in the peer-reviewed journal International Security.”

That’s a lie twice over. Firstly, it isn’t true. Secondly, Heard’s assertion isn’t supported by the International Security journal article, written by Nicholas Miller from Dartmouth College.  Miller’s article downplays the power/weapons connections but much of the information in his article undermines his own argument (and Heard’s). In Miller’s own words, “more countries pursued nuclear weapons in the presence of a nuclear energy program than without one”, “the annual probability of starting a weapons program is more than twice as high in countries with nuclear energy programs…..https://nuclear.foe.org.au/ben-heard-secret-corporate-donations/

May 23, 2018 Posted by | AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, spinbuster | 1 Comment

Will Australia’s Prime Minister Turnbull cave in to USA pressure for Australia to join in USA efforts against Iran ?

US calls on Australia to pressure Iran out of nuclear weapons program, Perth Now, Peter MitchellAAP, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has called on Australia and other nations to help execute the Trump administration’s tough new campaign to ensure Iran “has no path to a nuclear weapon – not now, not ever”.

Pompeo, in his first major foreign policy speech since becoming secretary of state, on Monday used fiery language to outline America’s strategy after US President Donald Trump earlier this month defied the wishes of Australia, France, Great Britain and other allies and pulled out of the Iran nuclear deal.

He said the US was ready impose the “strongest sanctions in history” against Iran and listed 12 demands the regime must follow, including providing the International Atomic Energy Agency with unqualified access to all sites throughout Iran.

“In the strategy we laid out today, we want the support of our most important allies and partners in the region and around the globe,” Pompeo said in his address to the Heritage Foundation in Washington DC.

“Certainly our European friends, but much more than that.

“I want the Australians, the Bahrainis, the Egyptians, the Indians, the Japanese, the Jordanians, the Kuwaitis, the Omanis, the Qataris, the Saudi Arabians, South Korea, the UAE, and many, many others worldwide to join in this effort against the Islamic Republic of Iran…….. Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said on May 9 he regretted Mr Trump’s decision to pull out of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal between Iran and the US, Britain, Russia, France, China and Germany.https://www.perthnow.com.au/politics/donald-trump/us-calls-on-australia-to-pressure-iran-out-of-nuclear-weapons-program-ng-b88843974z

May 23, 2018 Posted by | AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, politics international | Leave a comment

SA Liberals vow to continue energy transition, go big in batteries — RenewEconomy

SA Liberal energy minister Dan van Holst Pellekaan vows to continue state’s dramatic energy transition, and flags support for programs that could deliver 100,000 household batteries.

via SA Liberals vow to continue energy transition, go big in batteries — RenewEconomy

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A 100% renewable grid isn’t just feasible, it’s already happening — RenewEconomy

Debate over whether we can run electric grids on 100% renewables in coming decades misses a key point: many countries and regions are already there.

via A 100% renewable grid isn’t just feasible, it’s already happening — RenewEconomy

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Gupta says could build 10GW of large scale solar across Australia — RenewEconomy

Gupta says GFG Alliance could build 10GW of large scale in Australia, as well as make EVs, and use car batteries for household storage.

via Gupta says could build 10GW of large scale solar across Australia — RenewEconomy

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Japan’s government weighs dumping radioactive Fukushima water into the Pacific — Fukushima 311 Watchdogs

As the cleanup of a triple meltdown following an earthquake and tsunami at the Fukushima nuclear power plant drags into its seventh year, one of the biggest continuing threats is less from airborne radioactivity than it is simple water. A waterlogged radiation and tsunami warning sign found on Fukushima beaches in 2013. May 22, […]

via Japan’s government weighs dumping radioactive Fukushima water into the Pacific — Fukushima 311 Watchdogs

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Unions support Liddell’s clean energy transition — RenewEconomy

Unions welcome transition of Liddell site from coal to clean energy, as Coalition government lurches from worst of Trump’s America and Maduro’s Venezuela.

via Unions support Liddell’s clean energy transition — RenewEconomy

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Goldwind begins construction of 144MW Tasmania wind farm — RenewEconomy

Construction underway on 144MW Cattle Hill Wind Farm, which will boost Tasmania’s wind capacity by 50%.

via Goldwind begins construction of 144MW Tasmania wind farm — RenewEconomy

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