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Australian news, and some related international items

This Week – nuclear news in Australia and more

The Julian Assange extradition case is back in the news, As Joe Biden pushes for extradition,   What did we really expect from a Biden win?   I am reminded of an old English comedian, who explained America’s political parties:

Well the Republican Party is the same as our Conservatives, whereas the Democratic Party is the same as our Conservatives

In nuclear news,  Japan is alerted by a 7.3m  earthquake all too close to Fukushima nuclear plant wreck.   The systemic corruption in the industry is highlighted this week,, with the continuing saga of political crookedness in Ohio.

CLIMATE  –   the role of methane in global heating, – the Arctic, and USA’s leaking natural gas.

Some bits of good news  – 10 Positive COVID Updates From Around the World – 2021 is Looking Brighter.

AUSTRALIA.

Australian Government could face an unwinnable legal case if Senate passes the Kimba Nuclear Waste Dump Bill,      Legal aspects of KIMBA  COMMUNITY OPPOSITION TO National Radioactive Waste Management Facility.  In its rush for Kimba nuclear dump. Refuting claims about the ”medical necessity” for Kimba Nuclear Waste Dump.   Australian government tries to remove rights to legal recourse.

Retain Gosford’s nuclear free zone status..  Central Coast Council will maintain the Nuclear Free Policy.

Developments at Kakadu National Park  (following shutdown of uranium mining. – Chief announces power plant for Jabiru, digi portal for businessLet the work begin: Kakadu Master Plan sign-off to breathe new life into our World Heritage Park

Australian government’s brazen duplicity concerning Julian Assange.

INTERNATIONAL

‘Ecocide’ proposal aiming to make environmental destruction an international crime.

The real value of the nuclear ban treaty.

Drone swarms: coming (sometime) to a war near you. Just not today.

 

February 15, 2021 Posted by | Christina reviews | Leave a comment

Australian Government could face an unwinnable legal case if Senate passes the Kimba Nuclear Waste Dump Bill

This information would substantially reduce the need of a central facility for the lower level waste generated the various
sources outside of the government.
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While it is certainly regarded by international standards as desirable to have a centralised national or regional disposal facility for nuclear waste it comes down to the planning and nature of the facility and the government’s proposals in that regard are well short of the required standards.
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This is where the government completely falls down with its proposals for Napandee as it is clear that it will want the facility for other uses and the notion of a centralised facility is rather meaningless.
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From professional groups responsible for the removal of medical waste which has radioactivity as part of that waste from hospitals and other clinics and institutions it has confirmed as follows:
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1. There are in fact more than 300 locations with nuclear waste around Australia and not the figure of 100 or more constantly quoted by the federal government.
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2. The federal government entities have been constantly advised of their wrong figure but refuse to accept changing as over 100 locations is too entrenched in their planning and media releases.
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3. They have all been told that none of the holders of the waste will use the so-called central disposal facility now to be at Napandee despite so much technically fallacious and uninformative arguments by the government and its entities.
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4.The same applies to the contractor groups responsible for the removal and disposal of the radioactive medical waste who claim that the government’s proposals are unworkable and could lead to major liability issues due to safety issues.
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5. The government has been notified in writing that its concept for one national centralised facility has been badly planned and not anywhere as safe as claimed – in fact the government and its entities have been asked to withdraw their claims and express the concerns of the holders and the contractors but have refused to do so.

6. It will be interesting to see what documentary evidence and materials will emerge from discovery in any contemplated legal proceedings against the government.
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7. The foregoing information took some time to collate but again shows shows the disingenuity of the government in its various guises.

February 15, 2021 Posted by | AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, Federal nuclear waste dump, politics | Leave a comment

Refuting claims about the ”medical necessity” for Kimba Nuclear Waste Dump

Sam Chard (InDaily 19 Feb) claims that :It is essential that The National Radioactive Waste Management Facility to be located at Kimba in South Australia.  It  is critical to Australian nuclear medicine that one in two Australians need to treat cancers and a range of other heart, lung and musculoskeletal conditions.
It is Absolute nonsense that the facility at Kimba is critical to nuclear medicine.

In what specific and fully explained way is the Kimba facility critical?

Nuclear medicine requirements in Australia are already being catered for adequately under present conditions and if additions are necessary they can be achieved without Kimba.
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Sam Chard goes on : –  The radioactive waste from nuclear medicine is currently spread over more than 100 locations across the country, at science facilities, universities and hospitals.   It needs to be consolidated into a purpose-built facility, where it can  be safely managed.

How can the consolidation be achieved since the federal government has no legal rights or control over the waste held at the  various locations throughout Australia?

From inquiries many of these will not use a federal government facility as proposed so the Kimba facility may be left taking only the government’s nuclear waste which includes that of intermediate level.
 
SAM CHARD was formerly the General Manager of the National Radioactive Waste Management Facility Taskforce at the
Department of Industry Science Energy and Resources but is now head of the recently established Australian Radioactive Waste Agency (ARWA)

February 15, 2021 Posted by | AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, Federal nuclear waste dump | Leave a comment