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The Small Modular Nuclear Reactor lobby targets Canada’s indigenous people

The nuclear lobby’s tactics world wide are uncannily similar.  South Australians in the Kimba area will recognise the tactics of bribery, disinformation, etc used in Norther Canada, where another disadvantaged community is pushed into hosting nuclear facilities, that nobody down South wants.
First Nations Targeted for Untested Small Modular Nuclear Reactors:   Libbe Halevy interviews  Candyce Paul , Nuclear  Hot Seat   Saskatchewan by Libbe HaLevy | Sep 3, 2020

Notes – (not a completely accurate transcript), by NoelWauchope

Candyce Paul:  Uranium mining in Saskatchewan.     Uranium was mined in the 50s for the cold war, essentially for nuclear weapons. Primarily on the land of indigenous people.

Little information was supplied to the people, but they did understand that it was for weapons, and they knew traditionally, the indigenous  people  knew – that the black rock should stay in the ground……….there were legends that once it comes out of the ground it would bring death and destruction.

The miners wwere not predominantly indigenous.    There are over 40 legacy mines. Very poorly cleaned up  – piles of uranium talings left for 60 years –  blowing around,  contaminating lake, entering streams.  Once these tailings are ingested – many years later comes poor health, soaring cancer rates, children with cognitive and physical disabilities.   More mines were opened in late 70s, early eighties.  Since then, miners have been flyng in flying out, for 2 week sessions.   This has been having its impact on the social structure.  Jobs in the mines are  the only jobs, the only  economy being offered in Northern Saskatchewan.  Only one mine is operating now. This is Cigar Lake, it just re-opened.   The fly-in miners were initially settlers, later the mines were hiring indigenous people – 49% were indigenous, – the indigenous people got the dirty and more dangerous work.  Young indigenous  worked in the mills, non indigenous in the offices.  Because it is the only economy around, – they paid for it later with illnesses.   There were many complaints, but people were blacklisted if they complained.

Mining slowed down since Fukushima.  Gradually all mines shut down, except Cigar Lake. In 2011 Northern Saskatchewan was targeted for nuclear waste .  Most people did not want the wastes, millions of times more radioactive than the uranium.

In the community where I live, Northern Saskatchewan , we raised 20, 000  signatures  in a petition against it, and  delivered it to the legidlature  80% of residents opposed it. The nuclear waste authority pulled out in 2014.  We based our opinions on facts, had talked to scientists, physicists from all over the world.

Question from Liby Halevy about current state of affairs  – What do you think about the creation of an inter-provincial corporate partnership to support the launch of a research centre to support the development of small nuclear reactors?

 Candyce Paul:  Canada, and the nuclear industry have been looking for a way to keep the nuclear industry alive.       The only way they can come up with this is to promote Small Modular Nuclear Reactors (SMNRs) for use in Northern Canada.  Most Canadians live in the Southern parts, the lower third of Canada.  In the North the people are  mainly indigenous. There are big resources there.   Diesel fuel is in use.   The Canadian Mining Association is pushing Small  Modular Nuclear Reactors – promoting this to northern communities, (who get most electricity from diesel),  as far North as beyond the Arctic circle. The University of Saskatchewan has been used to promote this idea, getting research done on it..  The Canadian Nuclear Laboratories  is a  conglomerate of companies, mostly pretty shady, for example, SNC Lavalin, which is up on charges and exposed as interfering  at the highest levels of government to prevent charges against it.  SNC Lavalin is not allowed to borrow money, or bid on construction projects funded by the World Bank, because of bribery charges in the past.  It has bribery charges in Canada, too. The Government of Canada has dozens of contracts with SNC Lavalin.

A decade ago the government, who owned Atomic Energy Canada, broke it up, sold it to this conglomerate for $12 million.-  a pittance. The top laboratory is in Northern Ottawa, was making medical isotopes, and  was closed down, still classified, and there’s  a ton. of wastes there. Then there’s Pinewa labs in Manatoba, which  had some sort of accident that is still classified.  At that time a moratorium was placed on storing wastes in Manatoba. They were researching deep underground storage of nuclear wastes. Since Atomic Energy Of Canada Limited (AECL) was sold they are now going to bury onsite the waste that is there.  At Chalk River Laboratories they are going to build a mound around the wastes. within 100 metres of the Ottawa River, upstream of Ottawa.

Canadian Nuclear Laboratories is to develop Small Modular Nuclear Reactors, promoting at Chalk River, and at  Pinewa and at Point Lepreau Nuclear Generating Station New Brunswick.   In 2019 the Provinces of Ontario, Saskatchewan  and New Brunswick signed a memorandum of understanding to try and develop SMNRs – Ontario and New Brunswick have nuclear power stations.  Saskatchewan has the uranium mines.  In 2008-9 the Saskatchewan government had been promoting the full nuclear chain, reprocessing etc. Saskatchewan people didn’t want it. After that we had the nuclear waste issue, which squashed that plan.

They opened the Centre for Nuclear Innovation at University of Sasatchewan to promote nuclear development of all kinds. Just prior to that they announced a new office , a Nuclear Secretariat to promote SMNRs in Saskatchewan. I’m pretty sure that there’s public money going into this. That is the concern  Northern communities could not afford a nuclear power station, small or large. Northern communities could not use that amount of energy.  In Northern Saskatchewan  80% of electricity used is used by the mining industry-  in Saskatchewan  it’s primarily the uranium industry.  So who does it benefit? It benefits themselves.

A place on Baffin Island, when they were being pitched these SMNRs,  put out a review, thoroughly researched-   pointing out the safety problems – the inability of emergency help to reach time, in the event of a nuclear  accident. Proponents of nuclear power talk about a smaller exclusion zone,  a few km radius.   – But this is all wilderness -in huge  ecosystems  These Northern areas are primarily water.  If an accident happens, pollution would be flowing in water, the exclusion zone would not apply. The radiotoxicity in the case of accident would be massive.

They are promoting themselves as green –  but they are putting out pollutants in processing, milling, and if they started reprocessing the radiotoxicity pollution would be massive.  There are leaks in the mills, that have gone through the floor of the milling stations. The molybdenum extraction plant has a leak getting into groundwater, and that hasn’t been addressed. So how do we trust them?

Libby Halevy: With the push for these cute little modular, sounds like Lego reactors, being so heavily promoted – what are you and your communities doing?

Candyce Paul: We are pushing to educate the community about these SMNRs. Working along with an education co-op,  about SMNRs and the fact that no nuclear will get in here unsubsidised. The community, the energy providers can’t afford it.  It needs public money .  There’s an election coming up. The two main parties are pretty much on the same wavelength promoting it.

They’re promoting it as the answer to greenhouse gases.   It will take about 30 years before there’s a SMNR-   during which time they’re doing nothing about greenhouse  gases. They want it to get at the tar sands in Saskatchewan, to help develop the tar sands. – Alberta is now pushing nuclear to provide the power for tar sands extraction.

We don’t have much population  The population is down South. The decisions are made down South. The voting power is down South.  It’s the only work that people up here can get  The education system here is influenced by the uranium companies, from kindergarten to the curriculum upwards. The mining companies  don’t want our people knowledgeable.    We need help  from professionals, technicians, but we have a difficult time in getting this help.  If they help us they may not get work again.  That’s a huge factor.

We’re working on some videos, short messages.  We need people to help us with reviews, reviews of environmental impact statements, during the very short public comment period.. It has to be done on science. They want only scientific facts. It doesn’t necessarily have to be logical,  but it has to be science. The nuclear lobby thinks they’re indisputable, that their technology knowledge puts them above you.

We’re supposed to have ”consultation” as indigenous communities – ”free prior informed consent ”. They come in and tell us what they’re going to do. It’s already pre approved.

They do a fishing expedition to find what the community wants and needs, (what bribes) can we provide to get you on side.They have kept our communities intentionally needy, under-resourced. Shortage of health and education services, not a lot of jobs.  People want jobs – they offer jobs.  They put through their environmental impact statements, but the community does not get properly informed, – the statement does not get a properly informed consent  .  They play people against each other  – those who need jobs today versus those who care about the land and the future generations.

We’ve been in a bust economy for  2 years, because of the low uranium price, but there are still aspirational uranium companies coming in.applying for licences to mine.They put though their EIS during Covid-19 without the community consultations being completed. We then get 30 days to put together something.  – it’s a farcical process. No time to review it in depth.We hope to get some help.

To help    people with the technology background for reviewing EISs     contact me at   Committee for Future Generations.    on Facebook – or contact Inter-Church Uranium Committee Educational Co-operative (ICUCEC) in Saskatoon, who are  working on this SMNR      Before this election- we are working on pamphlets in language clear and concise that people not highly technical can understand. No pamphlets are available in hospitals here on radiation and  health  People here need to know that these jobs being promoted to their children  have  radiation hazards -not good for health nor for future generations.

They really do not want to stop climate change. They’re using this long long way to  so-called green small modular nuclear reactors   People need to understand the process of lying that is going on about climate change.   SMNR not needed. There’s a process happening here to develop northern Saskat resources that will include a Northern corridor 3000km long several km wide to get at all the resources in Northern Canada, also for for haul routes for all hazardous materials including nuclear  wastes.

They are looking forward to Northwest Passage being opened, so that they use  it can sell more of the resources that they are going to mine from our areas .   The climate will have a huge impact on whether or not they can even run a nuclear reactor, with the increasing temperatures here.

September 5, 2020 Posted by | General News | Leave a comment

Environment Law: Scott Morrison’s government shows its disdain for ZaliSteggall and the cross-benchers

Independent MPs furious as government rams environmental law changes through lower house,  4 Sept 20 The Morrison government has been branded a “bully in action” for pushing its environment law changes through the lower house without following usual process.

Independent MPs are furious with the Morrison government for throwing due process out the window and ramming controversial environmental laws through the lower house.

Crossbench MP Zali Steggall flagged amendments to the bill but the government refused to allow them to be voted on.

Instead, the coalition used its numbers to shove the bill through the lower house on Thursday night.

Ms Steggall described the government as a “bully in action”.

“The PM and every coalition MP made a mockery of due process for legislation and bulldozed environmental and water protection,” she said.

“And they were laughing while doing it. This is how they represent you. If you care, contact your MP.”

The changes to the national environment protection laws pave the way for states to take over approvals.

The states would have to abide by a set of national environment standards, which have not been developed.

The changes are in response to an interim review conducted by former competition watchdog Graeme Samuel.

Professor Samuel also recommended installing an independent environmental umpire, but the government has rejected that.

Independent Tasmanian MP Andrew Wilkie says the changes will water down environment protection.

“(The bill) hands decision-making to state and territory governments who have shown time and time again to be conflicted and incapable of protecting the environment,” he said.

“The passage of the amendment through the House of Representatives was also a chilling demonstration of the government’s complete contempt for democracy.

“Most members of the house were prevented from speaking, and foreshadowed amendments were blocked without debate. The government acted again like an elected dictatorship.”

Environment Minister Sussan Ley was quick to defend the changes after outrage over the process.

“There will be more reforms to follow,” she said.

“We will develop strong Commonwealth-led national environmental standards which will underpin new bilateral agreements with state governments.”

The bill is likely to be referred to a Senate committee for scrutiny, pumping the brakes on its progress.

Labor and the Greens oppose the legislation.

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Australian government, masks its anti-environment action under the cover of Covid-19

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Radiation -free medical imaging for some aneurysm patients

Scottsdale hospital implements radiation-free imaging for some aneurysm patients, By Maddy Pumilia, Arizona’s Family producer Sep 3, 2020


    •  HonorHealth Scottsdale Osborn Medical Center is using new imaging technology that protects doctors and patients from dangerous radiation.

The old technology left doctors and patients exposed to radiation for hours. This new technology doesn’t use radiation, which means it could protect doctors from serious health issues like cancer in the long run. “Radiation exposure with its consequences can be disastrous to doctors and staff,” HonorHealth surgeon Venkatesh Ramaiah Ramaiah said.

The technology also has benefits for patients. “It reduces time in the operating room, therefore allows the patient to recover faster,” Ramaiah explained, calling the new imaging technology a “game changer” and “groundbreaking.” It can be used on patients who have aneurysms in any part of the body below the arm.

HonorHealth Scottsdale Osborn Medical Center is the only hospital in Arizona, and one of the few in the country that has implemented the new imaging technology. The technology provides a 3D image instead of a 2D image.

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Aussies call for tougher environment laws

Aussies call for tougher environment laws, Deniliquin Pastoral Times by AAP NEWSWIRE  4 Sep 20, The equivalent of the national capital’s population has supported a petition calling for stronger environmental protection laws.The petition is the most supported in the Australian Conservation Foundation’s history, with close to 410,000 people signing it.

ACF’s chief Kelly O’Shanassy has sent it to Prime Minister Scott Morrison and his Environment Minister Sussan Ley, who are in the midst of tweaking the national protection laws.

The changes are in response to an interim review of the laws, but rather than strengthening environmental standards the first move is to cut red tape.

ACF’s petition calls on the government to create a “new generation of national laws to protect nature and funding to restore ecosystems to bring our wildlife back from the brink”.

In his interim review, former competition watchdog Graeme Samuel found the current laws were ineffective and Australia’s environmental trajectory is unsustainable.

He recommended an independent environmental watchdog, which has been rejected by the government.

Instead the first changes set the stage for states to take over environmental approvals.

They will have to abide by a set of national environmental standards, which have not yet been developed…….

Labor and the Greens oppose the government’s changes, and want Ms Ley to wait until Professor Samuel’s final report is handed down next month before changing the laws.

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Climate change is spreading radiation from Chernobyl over 2,000 miles away

Climate change is spreading radiation from Chernobyl over 2,000 miles away, Boing Boing, 3 Sep 20,  One of the more difficult parts of trying to convince people about the seriousness of climate change is explaining how so many disparate elements and factors can collude and compound* and make everything worse. And it’s even harder to predict how long those complications will take to manifest, whenever they do what they do…….

. As The Atlantic reports:

Monitors in Norway, 2,000 miles away, detected increased levels of cesium in the atmosphere. Kyiv was smothered in smoke [from forest fires]. Press reports estimated that the level of radiation near the fires was 16 times higher than normal, but we may never know how much was actually released: Yoschenko, Zibtsev, and others impatient to take on-the-ground measurements were confined to their homes by the coronavirus pandemic. August is typically the worst month of the Chernobyl fire season, and this year, public anxiety is mounting. The devastation left by the world’s worst nuclear disaster is colliding with the disaster of climate change, and the consequences reach far and deep.

The unexpected result is an immense, long-term ecological laboratory. Within the exclusion zone, scientists are analyzing everything, including the health of the wolves and moose that have wandered back and the effects of radiation on barn swallows, voles, and the microorganisms that decompose forest litter. Now, as wildfires worsen, scientists are trying to determine how these hard-hit ecosystems will respond to yet another unparalleled disruption. ……

when something nuclear does go wrong — which is still likely, because nothing’s perfect — more nuclear power production will result in more radiation damage. And, if this situation with Chernobyl’s forest fires is any indication, then the ultimate fallout of that combined with our existing climate change problems could be even more insurmountably devastating…….

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Uranium mining’s health toll, on Indian regions

Child with cerebral palsy, in uraniummining region Dungridih village. Jaduguda, photo by Subhrajit Sen.
[Photos] Suffering in the town powering India’s nuclear dreams. Mongabay, BY SUBHRAJIT SEN ON 4 SEPTEMBER 2020

  • Uranium is a vital mineral for India’s ambitious nuclear power programme. Out of the seven states with uranium reserves, Jharkhand and Andhra Pradesh have currently operating mines.
  • In Jharkhand’s Jaduguda region, which has India’s oldest uranium mines, local communities narrate stories of suffering due to degrading health and the environment. The government, however, denies any ill-impact of uranium mining on people.
  • The Indian government is aiming to increase uranium exploration and mining.
  • This photo essay features images taken between 2016-2019 of residents of villages around uranium mines in Jharkhand. Some of these photos contain sensitive content.

Anamika Oraom, 16, of village Dungridih, around a kilometre away from Narwa Pahar uranium mine in Jharkhand, wants to study. But she cannot, owing to severe headaches that come up periodically, triggered by a malignant tumour on her face. Sanjay Gope, 18, cannot walk and is confined to his wheelchair. Haradhan Gope, 20, can study, walk, talk, but owing to a physical deformity, his head is much smaller in proportion to his body.

There are many more, young and old, in the village Bango, adjacent to Jaduguda uranium mine in Jharkhand, whose lives and death highlight the ill-effects of uranium mining, say the villagers.

Uranium is a naturally occurring radioactive mineral and is vital to India’s nuclear power programme. At present (till August 31, 2020), India’s installed nuclear power capacity is 6780 megawatts (MW). The country aims to produce 40,000 MW of nuclear power by 2030.

The Uranium Corporation of India Limited (UCIL) is involved in the mining and processing uranium ore in the country. According to the UCIL, mining operations at Jaduguda began in 1967, and it is India’s first uranium mine.

In the 25-kilometre radius of Jaduguda, there are other uranium deposits at Bhatin, Narwa Pahar, Turamdih, Banduhurang, Mohuldih, and Bagjata. While UCIL claims that Jaduguda mine has created a large skill base for uranium mining and the mining industry, local communities point out that their lives and land have changed irreversibly.

The villagers complain that the hills surrounding Jaduguda, dug up to create ‘tailing ponds,’ have proven to be a severe health hazard. A tailing pond is an area where leftover material is stored after the excavated ore is treated to extract uranium. Communities argue that these ponds have led to groundwater and river contamination.

Namita Soren of village Dungridih said, “This radioactive element has become a part of our daily life.”

“Children are born with physical disabilities or people with cancer. But our sorrow doesn’t end there,” said Soren who had three miscarriages before giving birth to a child born with physical deformities.

Ghanshyam Birulee, the co-founder of the Jharkhandi Organisation Against Radiation (JOAR), said that villagers earlier marked certain forest areas as ‘cursed’ – a woman passing through the area was believed be affected by an evil gaze and suffer a miscarriage or people would feel dizzy. These areas coincided with the forest spaces around tailing ponds. In cultural translation, the regions surrounding tailing ponds became infested with ‘evil spirits.’ But as the people became more aware, they connected their misery to the mining operations.

A 2003 study by Tata Institute of Social Sciences emphasised that 18 percent of women in the region suffered miscarriages/stillbirth between 1998 and 2003, 30 percent reported some sort of problem in conception, and most women complained of fatigue and weakness.

When asked the reason for opposing the UCIL’s mining project, Birulee said, “Before mining started, people never used to have diseases like these – children were not handicapped, women were not suffering from miscarriages, people didn’t have tuberculosis or cancer. People had ordinary illnesses, cold and cough, that got cured by traditional medicines. But today, even the doctors are not able to diagnose diseases. It all emerged after uranium mining started.”

India has uranium reserves in Rajasthan, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, Meghalaya, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, and Karnataka. It is currently operating mines in Jharkhand and Andhra Pradesh. The country has a detailed plan to become self-sufficient in uranium production by achieving a nearly ten-fold rise by 2031-32, including expansion from existing mines and opening new mines. However, to augment supply until then, it has signed a long-term contract with Uzbekistan (in 2019) to supply 1,100 metric tons of natural uranium ore concentrates during 2022 -2026. Similar agreements have been signed with overseas suppliers from various other countries like Canada, Kazakhstan, and France to supply uranium ore.

No help from the government or politicians

Birulee feels that the political class is aware of the problem but that has not translated into safeguarding villagers’ lives. “Whoever is elected from here – legislator or parliamentarian – has never raised our issue about radiation either in the state legislature or parliament. If they raise our issue, I am sure the government will take some action to resolve people’s issues,” said Birulee.

In March 2020, Bharatiya Janata Party leader Rajiv Pratap Rudy asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Lok Sabha about public health hazards due to India’s uranium mines.

Rudy asked whether the central government has reports of hazardous activities like radioactive slurry being stored in the open, causing health hazards to people residing in adjacent areas of uranium mines in the country, and, if so, the action taken on it.

While replying to the question, Minister of State for Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions and Prime Minister’s Office, Jitendra Singh, refuted any such impact. ………..

Birulee reflects on the opposing conditions that he has witnessed. For him, it is impossible to leave behind his land, livelihood, and traditions. But for people close to the mines and tailing ponds, “the only solution is that from this region – from this radiation zone – people should be rehabilitated to a safer place. Else they’ll be surrounded by the same problems.”

Local livelihood options impacted

The people note that displacement and then deforestation for uranium mining robbed them of their land and livelihood, and later cursed them with health impacts.

Though the company and those in power deny any ill-impact on local ecology and livelihood, locals alleged that small-scale production of bidis is also hampered due to the low quality of tendu leaves. They suspect that the trees have been exposed to contaminated groundwater.

Villagers said that with expansion of mining large tracts of sal, sarjom, and teak trees are being wiped out. The trees are essential for the communities’ sacred rituals and traditional activities.

Ashish Birulee, photojournalist and member of JOAR, said that the route for transporting uranium ore is the same used by the public. He says the resulting pollution from the dust has a long-term impact on health and ecology.

Ashish adds that the mining company cannot ignore the most significant factor – the experience of people living in this area. “The experience of people is nothing less than any study or research. It can’t be denied. UCIL is not ready to admit that there are problems. It is because if it admits it would have to compensate people. Peoples’ experience shows that before 1967 there were no such issues, but it started after mining took off. If you look at the population of Jaduguda, there are a lot of people with disabilities. But if you go about 15 kilometres away, there are no such problems.”

“As far as a solution is concerned, once you start mining at any place, there is no solution. The company will mine here till the uranium ore exists. It has a lease for 45-50 years and after mining is over here, it will move to a new mine and extract resources. But the mining waste will be left here,” said Ashish. ……


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Goulburn community solar farm cuts ties with Siemens over Adani coal connection — RenewEconomy

NSW 1.8MW community solar and battery project will not use Siemens inverters due to the German multi-national’s connection with Queensland’s Adani coal mine. The post Goulburn community solar farm cuts ties with Siemens over Adani coal connection appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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Tokyo Olympics will be most costly Summer Games, Oxford study shows — limitless life

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Rooftop solar charts second-best month of 2020, despite Victoria Covid plunge — RenewEconomy

Australian homes and businesses installed another 251MW of rooftop solar in August, even as installs in Victoria fell by nearly one-quarter. The post Rooftop solar charts second-best month of 2020, despite Victoria Covid plunge appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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Huge 1,100MW offshore wind farm proposed in W.A. by oil explorer — RenewEconomy

Oil and gas explorer Pilot Energy launches a study into a massive 1,100MW offshore wind farm which could form part of major wind and solar hub in West Australia. The post Huge 1,100MW offshore wind farm proposed in W.A. by oil explorer appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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Victoria says new transmission vital as second wind and solar tender attracts “strong” interest — RenewEconomy

D’Ambrosio says VRET2 will be formally launched in “coming weeks”, although investors concerned about network capacity and connection risk. The post Victoria says new transmission vital as second wind and solar tender attracts “strong” interest appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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Tesla VPP expands to add virtual Big Battery to South Australia grid — RenewEconomy

Another 3,000 Powerwall batteries take Tesla SA VPP to 54MWh of combined storage to act as a single “power plant” offering services including synthetic inertia. The post Tesla VPP expands to add virtual Big Battery to South Australia grid appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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Foresight says Queensland solar problems to be resolved soon, falling prices take toll — RenewEconomy

Foresight hopes to have problems at two of its Queensland solar farms resolved by the end of the year, but its revenues have been squeezed by falling prices. The post Foresight says Queensland solar problems to be resolved soon, falling prices take toll appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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