Antinuclear

Australian news, and some related international items

To the end of June – nuclear news Australia

Things appear to be  quiet on the global nuclear news scene. Lulled by the present stalemate in USA-North Korea nuclear tensions, the world’s media complacently reports on the nuclear weapons build-up going on in USA, Russia,  India, Pakistan , and China to a much lesser degree.

The main focus of media about things nuclear is the hype about “new nuclear” – Small Modular Nuclear Reactors, (SMRs). So many news items in praise of SMRs – all sounding suspiciously as if copied from industry handout sheets, and all claiming that nuclear is the cure for climate change. Do these journalists ever bother to check on the facts about this claim?

The world’s many pollution problems are at last being recognised as a global malaise, with the horror stories of epidemic plastic rubbish in oceans and on beaches. Climate change is manifested in various ways: it’s affecting migration patterns, changes in Arctic seas, wildfires, bees, water, hotspots in South Asia.

AUSTRALIA

July will be a critical month, as the Australian govt gears up for making a decision on 20 August to set up a nuclear waste dump in the iconic Flinders Ranges. Never mind that both South Australian and Federal Law prohibit this!

It is almost certainly intended as a step towards making Australia the world’s garbage bin for nuclear waste, – the 2016 plan that South Australia rejected. But The Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation and the wider Australian and global nuclear lobby never give up!

The process is secretive as far as Australia at large is concerned, even secretive from South Australians. It’s being pitched as just a local matter, for decision by small rural communities, encouraged by bribes that are fairly stingy, considering the huge and long effect it will have on the region

A Senate committee is considering this, but they don’t report until 14 August –  too late to influence the decision.

The waste dump is being pitched to the locals as a “medical necessity”, though it is really intended for long-lasting and highly toxic nuclear reactor wastes from across the continent, at Lucas Heights, Sydney.  The Australian media silence about this is either due to cowardly and criminal cowering before the government  – or are they just stupidly ignorant?

Nuclear enthusiast Matt Canavan keen to quickly wrap up waste dump site in Flinders Ranges.

Submission to Senate InquiryBrett Stokes-Submission on “community consultation” and the illegality of the campaign for a nuclear waste dump in South Australia. Brett Stokes shows how plans for nuclear waste dumping in South Australia have breached S.A. law.

Regina McKenzie’s detailed letters to Minister Matt Canavan ask the hard questions about the proposed Barndioota nuclear waste dump.

Geologists warn that the Barndioota region is a dangerous site for nuclear waste dumping.

South Australian top university big-wigs are nuclear industry promoters.

Restoring Kakadu to its former glory (now that uranium mining is finished).

CLIMATE. Hypocrisy in Australia – our truly awful climate policy.

RENEWABLE ENERGY. Major 200MW + battery solar farm approved in outback South Australia. Tesla batteries arrive for world’s first wind-solar-battery project.  Renewables replaced more than half Hazelwood capacity. Australia solar costs hit “extraordinary” new lows – $50s/MWh.  How Australia will get to 33% renewable energy by 2020 . Big business lobby declares war on wind and solar.

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June 29, 2018 - Posted by | Christina reviews

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