Antinuclear

Australian news, and some related international items

The absurd cost of Australia going nuclear – theme for June 2020

The global nuclear industry is in deep shit.   It was so, before the pandemic. It’s in an even worse financial state now.

So, it’s not surprising that there’s a concerted campaign going on –  to foist off this dangerous, out-dated and super-expensive technology onto nations that are nuclear-free.  Australia is an enticing target customer. (Never mind that renewable energy technologies are ever cheaper, and Australia is blessed with a wealth of these)

That is why we now have Nuclear Inquiries going on in several States, and in the Federal government.   Their first target is to remove the anti-nuclear legislation that is now in place in most states, and federally.

There’s also the move to weaken the Environmental Protection  and Biodiversity Conservation Act  (EPBC).  They want to get rid of sections that protect against the special radioactive dangers of the uranium industry.

It’s not just the Yanks wanting to sell off their costly nuclear wares. There’s a determined little nuclear lobby here amongst Australians – military hawks, self-serving politicians, and ambitious and greedy people who want the fame and the money, which will come to a few, if they can get the Australian tax-payers to buy that atomic dream.

That dream – which will be  a nightmare –  involves the entire toxic nuclear chain, from uranium mining through to  geewhiz untested new nuclear technology, nuclear reprocessing, and the importing of the world’s radioactive trash.

The very first step in this nightmare could well be the ill-conceived and rushed move to set up a stranded nuclear waste centre in Kimba, south Australia.   That little enterprise has already cost the tax-payer plenty –   in the attempt to brainwash farming communities that nuclear waste is fine to have near your farm.

If there’s one silver lining that might come out of Australia’s current economic gloom in this pandemic ?recovery period, – it could be the public realisation that Australia does not need the huge costs and hazards of nuclear power, and nuclear weapons.

We have enough expense with that white elephant at Lucas Heights, the Opal nuclear reactor.  ANSTO has grand plans to expand that, when they should be looking to modern, non-nuclear , more practical, ways of producing mediacl radioisotopes.

May 16, 2020 Posted by | Christina themes | Leave a comment

Cameron and Toni Scott: brief but compelling critique of National Radioactive Waste Management

Cameron and Toni Scott – to Senate Committee on 
National Radioactive Waste Management Amendment (Site Specification, Community Fund and Other Measures) Bill 2020 [Provisions] Submission 82

We are active residents of the Kimba Community and are involved with many community organisations within
the town. We own and operate a farming business and have 3 small children.

Over the past 5 years my husband and I have been involved with this process as direct neighbours of the first
round of nominations at Kimba. We have found the process inconsistencies extremely frustrating and stressful.

I ask that you please take our views and recommendations into consideration and I would be happy to be
called as a witness to provide further information in the form of a hearing.

Ballot figures were manipulated to justify broad community support.
Voting boundaries were restricted and disregarded active members of our community who live within
close proximity to Kimba and Napandee site.
– Submissions from locals living alongside site but outside council boundary were ignored or considered
not relevant for the Minister to report on.
– 94.5% of all submissions received were opposed to the siting of this facility in Kimba.
– Petitions were not reported in Ministers announcements.
– Doubling handling of ILW waste is unnecessary, costly and
– Farming land is not a suitable location for radioactive waste

We recommend that the Government please further investigate options of more suitable land that could
potentially permanently dispose of both LLW and ILW radioactive waste to rule out double handling and
separating the waste.

We also recommend that the Department and Minister Canavan’s figures used to justify Broad Community
Support be looked at in depth, as it is so important that a site such as a National Radioactive Waste Facility
which would be a permanent fixture of our Community does in fact have the broad community support
required for a successful outcome.

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May 15 Energy News — geoharvey

 

Opinion: ¶ “Boiling Point: Giant Batteries Are Changing Everything For Clean Energy” • Southern California Edison announced that it’s buying 770 MW of batteries. So one California utility is buying more energy storage than was installed in the entire US last year. But the CEO of SCE’s parent company called it “just another stepping stone.” […]

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Australian investors play key role in huge 690MW solar and battery project – America’s largest — RenewEconomy

Australian investors join with Warren Buffett to back 690MW solar and battery project given final all-clear by US federal government. The post Australian investors play key role in huge 690MW solar and battery project – America’s largest appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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Taylor praises health of Australia’s carbon markets, but delays more reforms — RenewEconomy

 

Yet another reform put on the back burner, as Taylor praises the health of Australia’s fledgling carbon market, despite plunge in offset markets. The post Taylor praises health of Australia’s carbon markets, but delays more reforms appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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UNSW solar researcher wins global award, as funding remains in doubt — RenewEconomy

UNSW Engineering Associate Professor Brett Hallam has been awarded the 2020 IEEE Stuart R Wenham Young Professional Award – the top global gong for young researchers. The post UNSW solar researcher wins global award, as funding remains in doubt appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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Balancing act: Tesla battery system earns university nearly $74,000 in 3 months — RenewEconomy

1.1MW Tesla Powerpack battery system at UQ generated $73,938 revenue in Q1 2020, mostly by helping balance the grid, including jumping in when a Victoria coal unit failed. The post Balancing act: Tesla battery system earns university nearly $74,000 in 3 months appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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How Tesla big battery pulled in the cash as it kept lights on in South Australia — RenewEconomy

Tesla big battery at Hornsdale lifts revenue five-fold after playing crucial role in keeping lights on, and has already earned more than the cost of the battery. The post How Tesla big battery pulled in the cash as it kept lights on in South Australia appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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Whistleblower, Dr. Bright, Testifies on “Scientific Integrity in the COVID-19 Response” — Mining Awareness +

“Whistleblower Testifies on ‘Scientific Integrity’ in US Coronavirus Response By VOA News Updated May 14, 2020 10:38 AM A U.S. health official who alleges in a whistleblower complaint he was removed from his position for prioritizing science in the government’s coronavirus response is set to tell lawmakers Thursday that the public must be told the […]

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Taiwan groups reject Japan plan to dump radioactive wastewater — Fukushima 311 Watchdogs

 

May 13, 2020 Taipei, May 13 (CNA) About 20 environmental protection groups on Wednesday delivered a petition to the Japan-Taiwan Exchange Association, expressing opposition to the discharge of radioactive wastewater from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant into the Pacific Ocean. Roughly 1.2 million metric tons of contaminated water remains from the magnitude 9.0 earthquake […]

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The China bashing, a war with the PRC on the horizon? — limitless life

OpEdNews Op Eds 5/14/2020 at 17:38:07 H3’ed 5/14/20 The China bashing, a war with the PRC on the horizon? By Dave Lefcourt (Page 1 of 3 pages) (View How Many People Read This) No comments Become a Fan (21 fans) US. Secretary State Mike Pompeo Press Briefing criticizing China’s role in spreading Corona Pandemic U.S. Secretary State Mike Pompeo Press Briefing […]

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