Antinuclear

Australian news, and some related international items

Construction of ANSTO’s new intermediate waste facility at Lucas Heights.

22 Jun 21, This morning the Government moved to progress the parliamentary process in order being works on ANSTO’s new intermediate waste facility at Lucas Heights

Once uploaded there will also be more detail at the public works committee and they’ll also begin accepting submissions shortly.

It is rare for the PWC to reject any works proposals but this process will provide an opportunity to highlight that extended ILW storage at ANSTO is possible and credible.

Also note they say that any national waste facility would not be accepting ILW waste pre 2030…..

June 26, 2021 Posted by | AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, wastes | Leave a comment

Within weeks, Minister Keith Pitt is expected to declare Napandee, (Kimba, South Australia) as nuclear waste dump

Nuclear waste dump site in SA to be declared within weeks after bill passes federal parliament. Adelaide Now, 22 June 21,

A nuclear waste dump site in SA will be declared within weeks – with Kimba’s mayor welcoming the breakthrough.

A nuclear waste dump site in South Australia will be formally declared within weeks, after legislation passed parliament on Tuesday.

Federal resources minister Keith Pitt confirmed he would name a location for the radioactive waste storage facility soon after the “significant step forward” in parliament.

A revised bill with a shortlist of three sites passed the Senate late on Monday night with Federal Labor’s support, and was approved by the House of Representatives just after midday on Tuesday.

Kimba mayor Dean Johnson welcomed the bill’s passage as “great news”.

Napandee farm near Kimba is widely expected to be declared the location, after being named the preferred site in February 2020.

But it could quickly face a new legal challenge from the local Indigenous community……

Federal resources minister Keith Pitt confirmed he would name a location for the radioactive waste storage facility soon after the “significant step forward” in parliament.

A revised bill with a shortlist of three sites passed the Senate late on Monday night with Federal Labor’s support, and was approved by the House of Representatives just after midday on Tuesday.

Kimba mayor Dean Johnson welcomed the bill’s passage as “great news”.

Napandee farm near Kimba is widely expected to be declared the location, after being named the preferred site in February 2020.

But it could quickly face a new legal challenge from the local Indigenous community………

The opposition had refused to back the original Bill over concerns that naming the site in legislation, rather than by a ministerial decision, would prevent the possibility of a future legal challenge.

https://www.adelaidenow.com.au/news/south-australia/nuclear-waste-dump-site-in-sa-to-be-declared-within-weeks-after-bill-passes-federal-parliament/news-story/666005edc7c77a5b121bf5dec952a11b

June 26, 2021 Posted by | AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, Federal nuclear waste dump, politics | Leave a comment

Australia is spending $billions to fight tiny killer coronaviruses. Australia should be equally worried about tiny killer nuclear particles- theme for July 2021

Australia ought to have extensive knowledge on the effects of ionising radiation.   Britain exploded 12 major nuclear bombs and 29 smaller ones in Australia and some neighbouring islands, in the 1950s.   The resulting clouds of radiation would have affected especially indigenous people, Aborigines, Islanders, and also soldiers, and the white population.

Was any epidemiological research done on these populations?   No, there was not.

Australia has had 13 uranium mines, 3 still in operation. It’s not as if the old ones have been thoroughly cleaned up.  Ionising radiation from these mines would have affected miners, the mining community, and Aboriginal communities, and may still be affecting them.

Was any epidemiological research done on the health of these populations?  No, there was not.

This is  why the nuclear lobby can say, confidently –  there is no evidence of harm to health in Australia, from low level ionising radiation.

Plenty of other evidence of individual cases – but these can be brushed off as “anecdotal”.

As the the Australian government plans a radioactive waste dump on agricultural land, and the global nuclear industry successfully lobbies some Australian politicians, it is time to genuinely examine the research that has been done, in other countries.   We pay attention to epidemiology about tiny viruses, why not to epidemiology about tiny radioactive particles?

June 26, 2021 Posted by | Christina themes | Leave a comment

Join the gathering – Stop the Nuclear Dump – Adelaide Friday July 2

Join the gathering – Stop the nuclear dump! Don’t dump on SA! Please join us on Friday July 2 to voice opposition to the Morrison government’s plan to impose a national nuclear waste dump near Kimba in SA.

The nuclear dump is unwanted, unnecessary and unsafe. It is unanimously opposed by Barngarla Traditional Owners and many other South Australians.

When: Friday July 2, 1 pm for 1.30 start to 3pm

Where: Steps of Parliament House on North Terrace

Some things you can do to help stop the imposition of the proposed nuclear dump:

* Donate to the Barngarla crowdfunder to fund a legal challenge (judicial review).* Sign the Barngarla petition* Sign the Australian Conservation Foundation (ACF) petition* Join the Adelaide-based ‘Don’t Dump on SA’ group, we meet on zoom every Tuesday (or sometimes every second Tuesday). Contact: jim.green@foe.org.au, 0417 318368

June 26, 2021 Posted by | ACTION | Leave a comment

Nuclear waste Bill passed. This is what will happen next


Katrina Bohr
 ,  Fight to Stop A Nuclear Waste Dump in South Australia, 26 June 21,


Following the news that the National Radioactive Waste Management Amendment (Site Specification, Community Fund and Other Measures) Bill 2020 has been passed by the Parliament of Australia, we’ve received lots of questions about what will happen next

The Bill will now be recommended to receive Royal Assent, which is the process where the Governor General assents to the Bill, after which it becomes an Act of Parliament.The Minister may then review information relevant to the 3 shortlisted sites: Wallerberdina, Lyndhurst and Napandee that were listed in the Bill. As part of the Minister’s review, he will consider previous feedback received through community consultation processes, including the level of community support that each site received. He will also consider technical, social and economic assessments of the sites. The Minister may only select one site, and has the option not to select a site.

The community that lives and works in the vicinity of the Wallerberdina Station has made it clear that it does not broadly support the facility being located there, and the Government has not changed its position—it will not impose a facility on an unwilling local community.Once he has reviewed relevant material, the Minister may issue an ‘intention to declare’ a preferred site for the facility. This is done by issuing a notice detailing the proposed declaration and inviting nominators and persons with a right or interest in the land to comment.

Comments will be invited for a period of no less than sixty days, after which the Minister will consider relevant comments and may then choose to make a declaration under the Act, which finalises the acquisition of the site for the facility.Further information on the process: https://www.legislation.gov.au/Details/C2014C00626 The National Radioactive Waste Management Amendment (Site Specification, Community Fund and Other Measures) Bill 2020: https://bit.ly/3gSegt more https://www.facebook.com/groups/344452605899556

June 26, 2021 Posted by | AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, Federal nuclear waste dump, politics | Leave a comment

Australian Parliamentarians misled by Minister Pitt’s lies about nuclear medicine.

25 June 21, Contrary to Pitt’s information to the senators the legislation makes no reference to or distinction between ILW and LLW waste

His completely disingenuous claim that the facility at Kimba is needed for continued supply for medical has been strongly and knowingly rejected by numerous experts in nuclear medicine as the hospitals and clinics and institutes using nuclear medicine destroys the resulting waste themselves since most of it is low level with a very short half life

From some enquiries and general market research the government’s facility at Kimba would be lucky to get 10% of all the waste resulting from nuclear medicine in Australia 

In any case while there are well be over 100 locations in Australia they do not store nuclear waste since most of it is disposed of within a matter of days after it has been produced

How naive are our parliamentarians to blithely accept this misleading information without any proper expert  inquiry of an issue of such major importance to the whole of Australia 

June 26, 2021 Posted by | AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, politics | Leave a comment

Senator Hanson Young gave clearest explanation of the issues around the government’s nuclear waste Bill

25 June 21, Senator Hanson -Young gave most lucid and logical exposition of the important and little recognised facts regarding the government’s proposals for a nuclear – radioactive to use the government’s terminology – waste management facility 

She was the only senator to speak about the technical issues of the proposed facility who did not reprise the disingenuous and nonsensical threats about the effect on nuclear medicine if the proposed facility was not established at Napandee 

What is more her comments covered fundamental aspects of nuclear waste safety and management that appear to have been either wilfully or through sheer ignorance omitted from any consideration or debate of the government’s proposals 

ALSO – it was a very poor reflection on our parliamentary system when the rather understandably emotional speech by Senator Lidia Thorpe was met with a shout of  “bullshit” from the public gallery by a senior member of the House of Representatives who should have known better

Even if not to everyone’s liking there was nothing in her speech to deserve that description which may be far more appropriate to all that has been said by the ill-mannered shouting member over the past five years.

June 26, 2021 Posted by | AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, politics | Leave a comment