Australian news, and some related international items

Yates joint independent push to dethrone Coalition’s climate and energy failures — RenewEconomy

Former CEFC boss Oliver Yates to take on Josh Frydenberg in traditionally safe Coalition seat of Kooyong, as Tony Abbott and Greg Hunt also face competition from climate and energy focused independents. The post Yates joint independent push to dethrone Coalition’s climate and energy failures appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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Rapid Arctic Warming Linked To Mid-Latitude Weather Extremes — Mining Awareness +

“The polar vortex is a large area of low pressure and cold air surrounding both of the Earth’s poles. It ALWAYS exists near the poles, but weakens in summer and strengthens in winter. The term “vortex” refers to the counter-clockwise flow of air that helps keep the colder air near the Poles. Many times during […]

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Dead but still nailed to the perch — Beyond Nuclear International

Why the nuclear power industry won’t rest in peace

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January 28 Energy News — geoharvey

Opinion: ¶ “What Would Australia Look Like Powered By 100% Renewable Energy?” • At least nine studies conducted during the decade show how Australia can move from an electricity system based on polluting coal and gas to one powered by the sun, wind, and waves. Each has a different pathway towards 100% renewable energy. [The Guardian] […]

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Australia Day – anniversary of the start of Australia’s nuclear reactor, and its toxic radioactive trash

Paul Waldon– Fight To Stop Nuclear Waste In The Flinders Ranges, 26 Jan 19  Australia day 2019 marks the 61st anniversary of the birth of the first nuclear reactor at Lucas Heights with a flick of a switch in 1958, and yet this runaway industry that has placed the cart before the horse has also failed to deal with the radioactive wastes and now is expecting an unwilling community on aboriginal land to embrace such burden.

Australia’s responsibility should be to maintain one, and only one high grade nuclear waste dump, that’s “Lucas Heights.”

Australia Day maybe reminiscing of more than just the kafkaesque qualities the aboriginals have been enduring.

January 28, 2019 Posted by | General News | Leave a comment

New Mexico locals reject having the nation’s nuclear wastes brought in

‘Deadly, toxic business’: New Mexico will reject nation’s nuclear waste, activists vowOrange County Register, 27 Jan 19

Plan to keep waste at reactor sites is working fine, they say

In Southern California, the greatest hope for removing highly radioactive nuclear waste from the quake-prone coast might be those private, temporary storage sites that need licenses from the federal government to open.

But in New Mexico — where Holtec International wants to build such a site that could store waste from San Onofre, Diablo Canyon and scores of other commercial reactors — locals vow to do everything in their power to keep the state from becoming America’s biggest nuclear waste dump.

“The rush is on by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to grant Holtec a license before the people realize we’re being sacrificed for another government nuclear experiment,” said Noel Marquez, an artist and member of the Alliance for Environmental Strategies.

“We’re having to research, for ourselves, the long-term consequences of this deadly, toxic business. We’re being targeted for environmental injustice.”

The passionate show-of-force came Tuesday, the day before the NRC’s three-judge Atomic Safety and Licensing Board heard oral arguments from project opponents in Albuquerque. The aim is to figure out which groups have standing with the NRC to oppose the Holtec project, but legal challenges to the plan are under way in other courts as well.

Below the radar, the NRC’s plan for temporarily storing nuclear waste is actually working pretty well, said Terry Lodge, an attorney for opponents: “They are storing waste at nuclear reactor sites, relatively uneventfully and not particularly expensively,” he said.

That, to many Californians near the shuttered San Onofre and Diablo Canyon plants, is exactly the problem.

‘Entire project is illegal’

Those familiar with America’s nuclear waste wars may be experiencing Yucca Mountain deja vu.

New Mexico, like Nevada, has no commercial nuclear reactors. Many New Mexicans, like many Nevadans, don’t want to become the nation’s nuclear dump. But New Mexicans, unlike Nevadans, have a different legal argument to make.

Congress’ Nuclear Waste Policy Act of 1982 forbids permanent waste storage on the Earth’s surface, and  —  given the federal government’s decades-long paralysis in finding a permanent, deep geologic repository —  Holtec’s temporary facility could well wind up being a permanent one, they say.

“The entire project is illegal,” said Diane Curran, an attorney representing the group Beyond Nuclear. If New Mexicans “step up and say, ‘We’ll take it in our above-ground facility,’ I’m really afraid you’ll have it forever —  a shallow graveyard for the nation’s nuclear waste.”

At a press briefing Tuesday, opponents raised the specter of cracked and damaged fuel canisters and/or rods; of dangers related to transporting canisters from all corners of the country to New Mexico by road or rail; and of the “geologic unsuitability” of the Southeastern New Mexico site, where there are underground caves, sinkholes from mining and brine that could corrode the storage containers. They also painted Holtec as an opportunistic player trying to maximize its profits and eliminate all risk.

Holtec is in some hot water with the NRC for redesigning spent fuel canisters used at San Onofre without notifying the NRC and following proper procedures…….

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How our electricity system of the future could be powered by sun, wind and waves

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Olympian Zali Steggall’s main policy will be climate action, as contests Tony Abbott’s Warringah election seat

Climate key in Olympian’s bid for NSW seat, SBS News 28 Jan 19Climate change will be one of Olympian Zali Steggall’s main policies as she contests Tony Abbott’s Sydney seat of Warringah in the federal election.The barrister and former world champion skier on Sunday launched her campaign to run as an independent in the upcoming election in a seat she described as socially progressive and caring.

The 1998 Winter Olympics bronze medallist said Sydney’s northern beaches need a voice from “the sensible centre”……..Ms Steggall will make climate change policy a key issue, one which Mr Abbott dismissed saying locals cared about a northern beaches tunnel, lowered living costs, border security and power prices……

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