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DEFENCE TO BE CHALLENGED ON WOOMERA RADIOACTIVE WASTE FACILITY ‘NIMBY’ CLAIM

Senator Rex Patrick, December 21 

Last month I asked the CSIRO to release its most recent report into the state of its radioactive waste stored in Hanger 5 at Evetts Field inside the Woomera Prohibited Area. That caused them to publish the document on their website yesterday.

The report shows that extensive radiological surveys/monitoring has been conducted around the Hanger 5 and there is no significant radiological contamination outside the storage facility. Radioactivity levels are at or below average background radiation levels in Australia. Inside the hanger, robots are being used to measure radiation levels and inspect the condition of the 10,000 drums of contaminated material – including low level and intermediate level radioactive waste – stored in the facility. This work is ongoing and will not be completed for another one to two years.

None the less, the report concludes that the current storage arrangement for low and intermediate level waste at the Woomera Test Range poses no health or environmental threat.

The report findings make a mockery of Defence’s recent claims that there’s no way a National Radioactive Waste Management Facility could be located anywhere in the enormous expanse of the Woomera Prohibited Area. The reality is that radioactive waste has been safety stored at Woomera for a quarter of century.

Government Ministers and Defence can expect to come under intense questioning from me over Defence’s bureaucratic obfuscation and deception on this issue.

The CSIRO report can be found here.
https://www.csiro.au/…/Land-manag…/Radioactive-waste-Woomera

Kazzi Jai Got to love this bit “Inside the hanger, robots are being used to measure radiation levels and inspect the condition of the 10,000 drums of contaminated material – including low level and intermediate level radioactive waste – stored in the facility. This work is ongoing and will not be completed for another one to two years.”

ONE TO TWO YEARS! How often has ARPANSA been inspecting this site PRIOR to the 2016 inspection which found that some of the barrels were leaking, and the AMNESIA that they had no idea what they actually held, set in??

This is EVIDENCE ENOUGH to show how much we should DEFINITELY NOT TRUST THE SYSTEM!

Kazzi Jai What about the contents of Control Bunker Launcher 5? Or has the Federal Government had another “amnesia” moment about that too?
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December 24, 2018 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Fighting Adani: An Interview With Wangan and Jagalingou Council’s Adrian Burragubba By Paul Gregoire | 21/12/2018

“Indian mining giant Adani filed an application with the Federal Court last week asking that a legal challenge to its proposed Carmichael coalmine be thrown out, unless the Wangan and Jagalingou Traditional Owners fronted up with $160,000 in potential court fees within two weeks.

On Tuesday, Federal Court Justice Alan Robertson said that Adani’s demand was “disproportionate and unpersuasive”. He ordered that the traditional ownerspay $50,000 in security costs by the end of January or their legal challenge could not go ahead.

Adani’s attempt to have the Wangan and Jagalingou Traditional Owners’ case thrown out has caused the mining company further setbacks with its terminally delayed mine, as the case will now take place in May, when it was initially scheduled for next month.

The traditional owners are appealing an earlier ruling by the Federal Court. They assert that the Indigenous land use agreement (ILUA) that is essential for the Adani mine to go ahead is void. In August, Justice John Reeves found that this claim had “no merit”.

However, on Tuesday, Justice Robertson also upheld that the appeal will be going before the full bench of the Federal Court, as there’s an “arguable case of error” in the decision of the primary judge. …

Sydney Criminal Lawyers spoke with Wangan and Jagalingou spokesperson Adrian Burragubba about his thoughts on Adani’s latest tactic to try and thwart their ongoing opposition, why the Adani ILUA is a sham and how the system of native title needs a complete overhaul. … ”

Read the interview at the source document: www.sydneycriminallawyers.com.au/blog/fighting-adani-an-interview-with-wangan-and-jagalingou-councils-adrian-burragubba/

December 24, 2018 Posted by | aboriginal issues, climate change - global warming, Queensland | Leave a comment

December 23 Energy News — geoharvey

Opinion: ¶ “An Indian Perspective on the Poland Climate Meeting: Not Much Help for the World’s Poor and Vulnerable” • COP 24 ended with a deal that was vital, though limited. From my perspective as a social scientist focusing on conservation and development, however, the meeting failed to match the urgency of needed climate action. [PBS […]

via December 23 Energy News — geoharvey

December 24, 2018 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment