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SA Greens senator Sarah Hanson-Young slams investment in South Australian uranium mine

Honeymoon isn’t over: SA uranium mine to reopen, The Advertiser, 22 January 2020 A closed uranium mine near Broken Hill will be reopened to seize on a renewed demand, its owner says.

The Honeymoon uranium mine in the state’s east “will be Australia’s next uranium producer” following a $93 million restart, its owner Boss Resources says.

The ASX-listed company says the mine “can be fast-tracked to re-start production in 12 months with low capital intensity to seize an anticipated rally in the uranium market’’…..

The Honeymoon project uses “in-situ recovery”, which involves injecting solvent into wells drilled into the deposit, dissolving the uranium, then recovering it at the surface.  …..

SA Greens senator Sarah Hanson-Young said the focus should be on renewables, not nuclear energy.

“South Australia doesn’t need to tether itself anymore to the toxic and dangerous cycle of the nuclear industry,’’ Ms Hanson-Young said

“SA is better than this and we are best placed in the world to reap the renewables and green industry revolution.

“Rather than a big new uranium mine, SA needs investment in our clean green energy industry. We should be working towards SA being a net exporter of renewable energy and technologies. ‘Green’ mining and industries like lithium for batteries, green hydrogen and renewable powered manufacturing will create jobs fit for the climate crisis Australia is in.”

Wilderness Society SA director Peter Owen said they would prefer to see investment in the state’s vast renewable resources such as wind and solar.

January 23, 2020 - Posted by | AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, politics, uranium

1 Comment »

  1. Yes, photovoltaic solar energy and wind turbines are much better than fossil fueled power stations and infinitely better than nuclear but a top priority should be energy conservation. Why do the Greens hardly ever mention things like energy efficient building design and siting. Retrofitting energy efficiency measures should be a very high priority. PM Kevin Rudd tried it but in a big rush through the pink batts scheme. A more orderly transition is urgently needed. As the instigator of the Australian Greens slogan “Solar on every Roof”, “Energy Efficient Homes Down Every Street” is a long overdue, job-intensive necessity if we are serious about limiting greenhouse gas emissions.


    Comment by Dennis Matthews | January 27, 2020 | Reply

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