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OPPOSE NUCLEAR WASTE DUMP :It’s easy and necessary to send submission by 24 Sept

Jim Green(FoE).’ [beyondnuclear] <

Please spare just one minute to put in an online submission to the federal government saying that you oppose the plan to impose a national nuclear waste dump in SA. Really important to get lots of submissions and the deadline is approaching. Just go to this link and it will only take a minute, promise:

September 21, 2018 Posted by | ACTION | Leave a comment


 K-A Garlick ,  Nuclear Free WA, 21 Sept 18

To have your voice heard about Flinders Ranges nuclear waste dump plan, make a submission to Federal Minister for Resources Senator Matt Canavan via email at by 24 September.

On 6 February 2018, the Senate referred an inquiry into the selection process for a national radioactive waste management facility in South Australia to the Senate Economics References Committee for inquiry and report by 14 August 2018. Read our submission here. Read all submissions on the government website here.   The report acknowledged and validated many of the concerns about the process but unfortunately did not call for an end to the process and for a better way to manage the process of selecting a site for Australia’s most hazardous waste.  You can read the Senate report here. Read the Conservation SA media release here.

Points to mention for WA are; 

September 21, 2018 Posted by | Federal nuclear waste dump, Western Australia | Leave a comment

Campaign against transport of nuclear wastes to “temporary” sites

Activists rally against nuclear waste transport,  
Staff Writer,Greenfield Recorder  September 21, 2018 GREENFIELD — In a lot of ways it was like a party, celebrating the accomplishments of the past few years: The closures of the Vermont and Rowe nuclear plants. ……..The theme of the night? The high-level nuclear power plant waste being stored in Rowe and Vernon, Vt., must go — but only once the right and final safe place for it is decided.

“I haven’t bothered you for three or four years at this point,” leader of CAN and Rowe resident Deb Katz said. “But we’ve come back to our community to say: We need to be involved again. And I wish it wasn’t so.”

Katz and CAN just begun a tour of New England, and after spending their first two nights in Vermont, they came to Greenfield Thursday. On Friday, they will take the tour to the Statehouse on Beacon Hill.

Currently, the anti-nuclear activists are rallying against a bill that could allow for the high-level nuclear waste in Rowe and Vernon, Vt., to be shipped in canisters across the country to Texas or New Mexico. It would place the waste in what CAN is calling “parking lots” that are seen as more temporary holdings than anything else, but could be pitched as helping tthe economy in these regions in the Southwest of the country.

“Why shouldn’t we just say ‘yes, wow. Thank you so much’? The trouble is this is a really bad idea,” Katz said. “We all want the waste off the site, but we want it done right. And we want it done once.” ………

At the moment there isn’t a distinct solution on where to move the high-level nuclear waste, but Katz and fellow lead organizer Chris Williams of Vermont advovated for more science to figure out the best solution to storing waste that remains toxic for thousands of years.

“It took a lot of hard science to create this mess,” Williams said. “To get rid of this stuff properly, we’re going to have to apply real science and not just political expediency.”

The goal is to look to scientists to find the place for “deep geological storage,” Williams said.

Preaching to find a better, scientific solution was organizer and activist Kerstin Rudek from the Peoples Initiative, based out of Germany, where her neighbors have faced similar issues.

“It’s an international thing,” Rudek said, pointing to the lack of answers of what to do with the nuclear waste and the need for answers. “It’s not just a local thing.”

The meeting, which Williams described as a “little more lively than your usual nuclear waste meeting,” also included the speaker Leona Morgan, from the Navajo Nation and an Albuquerque, N.M. resident.

“It’s great news when we hear a nuclear power plant has been shut down, but it makes me nervous because it makes the push for these false solutions even harder,” Morgan said.

She described the political climate in New Mexico as pitching to residents that moving the nuclear waste there would be good for their economy, creating jobs, but ignoring the will of the residents who might be affected by it most.

“I’m here tonight to tell you we don’t want it,” Morgan said. “We don’t want this waste.”………

You can reach Joshua Solomon at:  413-772-0261, ext. 264—Reed-20333471

September 21, 2018 Posted by | General News | Leave a comment

Plutonium: there’s a plan to send it to Australia

REAL PLUTONIUM, Paul Richards shared a link. Nuclear Fuel Cycle Watch South Australia, 21 Sept 18

Something to think about since plutonium will make a percentage of the nuclear waste and material being stored that is to proposed is sent to Australia from the rest of the world.

A global nuclear brotherhood driving weapons proliferation, that still haven’t anywhere to store;

* unspent & spent nuclear fuel, 
* excess radionuclides,
* redundant weapons arming material
* contaminated material and their
* respective short &
* long-term containment systems as canisters, or
* short-term storage, 200-litre drums.

Containers at worst need repacking in

* five years in case of the 200-litre drums, with best practice, every

* hundred years, and that is

* unless sealed five kilometres below

the surface or more, this repacking of nuclear waste containers is ad infinitum ∞

September 21, 2018 Posted by | AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, wastes | Leave a comment

September 21 Energy News — geoharvey

Science and Technology: ¶ “Solar Energy Largely Unscathed by Hurricane Florence’s Wind and Rain” • Faced with Hurricane Florence’s powerful winds and record rainfall, North Carolina’s solar farms held up with only minimal damage while other parts of the electricity system failed. The state’s nuclear and coal power plants had some problems. [InsideClimate News] ¶ […]

via September 21 Energy News — geoharvey

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Busting nuclear propagandist Harry Degenaar’s ode to nuclear reprocessing

Paul Richards Nuclear Fuel Cycle Watch South Australia, 20 Sept 18,  Harry Degenaar wrote: ‘A topic well documented…[speaking to reprocessing nuclear unspent, spent, and weapons-grade plutonium]’

Yes, the documentation in sales brochures, selling a dead technology.

You will never find any independent energy auditing specialists servicing the corporate state or global governments, pushing the nuclear industries;

* well documented, topic.

What are the probabilities this will ever take a 180º turnaround?

If anyone was going to take a bet like that one, they would be wasting their time and money.

Something never considered when these nuclear fuel reprocessing concepts started, as this was purely an engineering process.

Nonetheless, ‘proof of concept’ is very much the domain of good engineering, and that must include economic viability.

The nuclear industry can’t run unspent fuel through any reactor twice, as uranium is getting cheaper and cheaper.

Worse than that, is the reality renewables drive energy costs of electricity down;

* nuclear reactor costs are going up, &
* renewables are going down.

Repeating, this 1970s “Blue Sky Mining” ideal is pointless, despite the partial truth, its a con.

The part that makes it impossible, is economics, the con is believing global markets aren’t judging uranium harshly.

The reality is, it costs far more to run the unspent fuel through once let alone twice, three, four or five times claimed!

I can give a century of ore metrics, but it seems pointless.

What are the probabilities these ore prices dropping will reverse?

Sure there will be blips like we had with iron ore, but those are very tempory factors, short-lived, the trend down is unstoppable, as innovation efficiencies increase in mining.

September 21, 2018 Posted by | General News | Leave a comment

Feasability Study found Radioactive Waste Dump UNSUITABLE for Flinders Ranges and Kimba regions

Kim Mavromatis-Fight To Stop Nuclear Waste Dump In Flinders Ranges SA-19 Sept 18 
. Using several criteria, the feasability study by URS Australia for the EPA (SA) and SA govnt, found the Flinders Ranges and Kimba regions (current proposed sites) UNSUITABLE for a low level radioactive nuclear waste dump. See attached map and links to feasability study.…/4771324_radioactive_stage1.pdf…/4771325_radioactive_stage2.pdf
Tim Bickmore Susan Craig Map [Stage 2 – 3.2.11 figure 3.6] of all excluded areas. Likewise the Stage 2 document @ 3.3 refers to a 1994 C’wealth study which also determined that Wallerberdina & Kimba are unsuitable

September 21, 2018 Posted by | AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, Federal nuclear waste dump | Leave a comment

North Korea would dismantle nuclear complex, provided that USA takes corresponding action on the peninsula

North Korea Agrees to Permanently Dismantle Nuclear Complex If U.S. Takes Corresponding Steps, TIME,  ERIC TALMADGE AND KIM TONG-HYUNG / AP , September 19, 2018   (PYONGYANG, North Korea) — South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un announced a sweeping set of agreements after their second day of talks in Pyongyang on Wednesday that included a promise by Kim to permanently dismantle the North’s main nuclear complex if the United States takes corresponding measures, the acceptance of international inspectors to monitor the closing of a key missile test site and launch pad and a vow to work together to host the Summer Olympics in 2032.

Declaring they had made a major step toward peace on the Korean Peninsula, the two leaders were side by side as they announced the joint statement to a group of North and South Korean reporters after a closed-door meeting Wednesday morning……

The statement caps off the third summit between Kim and Moon, who is under increasing pressure from Washington to find a path forward in its efforts to get Kim to completely — and unilaterally — abandon his nuclear arsenal. ……..

The question is whether it will be enough for President Donald Trump to pick up where Moon has left off.

Trump has maintained that he and Kim have a solid relationship, and both leaders have expressed interest in a follow-up summit to their meeting in June in Singapore. North Korea has been demanding a declaration formally ending the Korean War, which was stopped in 1953 by a cease-fire, but neither leader mentioned it as they read the joint statement.

In the meantime, however, Moon and Kim made concrete moves of their own to reduce tensions on their border.

According a joint statement signed by the countries’ defense chiefs, the two Koreas agreed to establish buffer zones along their land and sea borders to reduce military tensions and prevent accidental clashes. They also agreed to withdraw 11 guard posts from the Demilitarized Zone by December and to establish a no-fly zone above the military demarcation line that bisects the two Koreas that will apply to planes, helicopters and drones………

September 21, 2018 Posted by | General News | Leave a comment

Brave New World – I mean Bright New World pushing for a South Australian nuclear Morgue

Susan Craig Fight To Stop Nuclear Waste Dump In Flinders Ranges SA  Conversation Starter · 21 Sept18
This is an extract of an email being sent out to encourage YES submissions for the waste dump from Bright New World. It is misleading, as the email states the THE MAJORITY OF PEOPLE in KAWKER AND KIMBA support the dump. The email makes the process simple by writing the submission and asking the recipient of the email to fill in their name only. Here’s the email in total. Please send an email to Bright New World if you believe that the majority of people do not want the dump and ask for a recall of the email as it is not factual.
Call for Submissions!

The Department of Industry, Innovation and Science is calling for submissions on the National Radioactive Waste Management Facility. The two volunteered sites, Kimba and Hawker, are progressing through the second consultation stage of this process. Submissions along with community feedback and voting will inform the Minister of their decision to progress to the next stage.

Submissions are due 24th September 2018

Bright New World has provided an easy to use letter below to email the Department supporting the process to the next stage. Continue reading

September 21, 2018 Posted by | AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, Federal nuclear waste dump, spinbuster | Leave a comment

Antarctic melting could raise sea levels by up to 30 feet

At this rate, Earth risks sea level rise of 20 to 30 feet, historical analysis shows  New research finds that a vast area of Antarctica retreated when Earth’s temperatures weren’t much warmer than they are now, WP  Chris Mooney, September 20  2018

Temperatures not much warmer than the planet is experiencing now were sufficient to melt a major part of the East Antarctic ice sheet in Earth’s past, scientists reported Wednesday, including during one era about 125,000 years ago when sea levels were as much as 20 to 30 feet higher than they are now.

“It doesn’t need to be a very big warming, as long as it stays 2 degrees warmer for a sufficient time, this is the end game,” said David Wilson, a geologist at Imperial College London and one of the authors of the new research, which was published in Nature. Scientists at institutions in Australia, New Zealand, Japan and Spain also contributed to the work.

The research concerns a little-studied region called the Wilkes Subglacial Basin, which is roughly the size of California and Texas combined and contains more than 10 feet of potential sea-level rise. Fronted by three enormous glaciers named Cook, Mertz and Ninnis, the Wilkes is known to be vulnerable to fast retreat because the ice here is not standing on land and instead is rising up from a deep depression in the ocean floor.

Moreover, that depression grows deeper as you move from the current icy coastline of the Wilkes farther inland toward the South Pole, a downhill slope that could facilitate rapid ice loss.

What the new science adds is that during past warm periods in Earth’s history, some or all of the ice in the Wilkes Subglacial Basin seems to have gone away. That’s an inference researchers made by studying the record of sediments in the seafloor just off the coast of the current ice front……..

Humans have caused about 1 degree Celsius (1.8 degrees Fahrenheit) of warming above the preindustrial planetary temperatures experienced before the year 1880 or so. The world has pledged to avoid a warming above 2 degrees Celsius, and even hopes to hold the warming to 1.5 degrees, but current promises made by countries are not nearly enough to prevent these outcomes.

n other words, we are already on a course that could heat the planet enough to melt some or all of the Wilkes Basin.

“We say 2 degrees beyond preindustrial, and we’re already beyond preindustrial,” Wilson said. “So this is potentially the kinds of temperatures we could see this century.”

The study cannot reveal, however, just how quickly ice emptied out of the Wilkes Basin. The past warm periods in question are thought to have been driven by slight variations in Earth’s orbit as it rotates around the sun, leading to stronger summer heat. That warmth was maintained for thousands of years.

…….. The new research “contributes to the mounting pile of evidence that East Antarctica is not as stable as we thought,” Isabella Velicogna, a glaciologist at the University of California at Irvine, said by email. Velicogna was not directly involved in the paper…….

September 21, 2018 Posted by | General News | Leave a comment

Radon gas leaked from Woomera’s radioactive waste drums

Tim Bickmore  No Nuclear Waste Dump Anywhere in South Australia, 21 Sept 18
 Just a reminder that in 2016 ARPANSA found that the 10,000 CSIRO drums of radioactive waste at Woomera [material flagged by DIIS as +/- 40% by volume of the national dump inventory] held Thorium – & that Radium had leaked out through on-going deterioration of containment.

Both Thorium & Radium produce the toxic invisible odourless radioactive gas Radon – however ARPANSA consistently refuses to confirm or deny whether Radon gas will flow out of their proposed facility.
2016 ARPANSA Inspection Report link here:…/regulatory/…/2016/R16-05292.rtf

September 21, 2018 Posted by | AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, Federal nuclear waste dump | Leave a comment

‘Welcome’ to Steve Ciobo, the new Australian Minister for the Arms Trade

‘,, September 18, 2018, 
Steve Ciobo is the new Defence Industry Minister taking over from Christopher Pyne.  He is now the Australian Minister who is responsible for our arms trade with other countries.  He is responsible for the transfer of Australian arms and equipment to the biggest trouble spot in the World, the Middle East.  The Australian Government maintains that they will not trade arms with human rights abuser or war fighting countries yet they are trading arms and materiel with Israel and Saudi Arabia.  Both Israel and Saudi Arabia are human rights abusers and the Australian Government turns a blind eye to their misdeeds.  It is up the citizens of Australia to reject this and send a reminder to our new minister!
Sample letters to Steve Ciobo

Continue reading

September 21, 2018 Posted by | AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, politics, weapons and war | Leave a comment

Focus: What we don’t know about the British nuclear tests in Australia  When we talk existential threats to life on earth these days, more often than not it’s about climate change. And yet, nuclear weapons still pose that threat. Focus delves into the past, present and future of nuclear weapons, with one of the world’s foremost anti-nuclear activists and an investigative writer, who is trying to uncover the truth of the British tests in the 1950s and 60s.

Duration: 1hr

Broadcast: Wed 19 Sep 2018,

September 21, 2018 Posted by | Audiovisual | Leave a comment

Labor holds meeting with industry, on emissions reduction, as COAL-ition holds private dinner with coal-nuclear lobbyist Trevor St Baker

Pro-coal Coalition MPs schedule private dinner to discuss ‘Australia’s energy future’ Monash Forum sets up dinner with Trevor St Baker  Trevor St Baker who is director of SMR Nuclear Technology company. as business tells Labor to stick with national energy guarantee, Guardian,   Katharine Murphy Political editor @murpharoo 20 Sep 2018 The pro-coal Monash Forum is attempting to convene a private dinner when federal parliament resumes in mid-October with Trevor St Baker, part-owner of the Vales Point coal generator and founder of the business electricity retailer ERM Power.

September 21, 2018 Posted by | AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, climate change - global warming, energy, politics | Leave a comment

NRC and US Media Lap Dogs Derelict on Telling Danger from Nuke Plants Hit by Hurricane Florence

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. . . ALL in the hurricane hit area of the SE.


We were looking for (evidently banned) drone footage showing Brunswick nuke plant flooding and came across this comment on another video –

This gag order on news reporters has to END!

It isn’t fooling anyone. All these shut downs and re-starts need full explanation by officials. 

Towns in harms way need their elected officials to start asking serious questions about safety or start looking for another job!

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September 21, 2018 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment