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Australian news, and some related international items

A duplicitous letter from Sam Chard, General Manager, Radioactive Waste Taskforce

 

What a duplicitous letter  from Sam Chard!

She says “A separate facility, likely a deeply geological one, will be found for the permanent disposal of the intermediate-level waste, but that’s a few decades off.”
So where is this intermediate-level waste to go, in the meantime? –      to become stranded nuclear wastes at Wallerberdina or Kimba.

Nuclear assurance, by SAM CHARD, NRWMF taskforce general manager

I WRITE in response to the letter from Michele Madigan (“Nuclear vote”, The Advertiser, 11/11/19).

The National Radioactive Waste Management Facility will be for the permanent disposal of low-level waste, and temporary storage of intermediate-level waste.

A separate facility, likely a deeply geological one, will be found for the permanent disposal of the intermediate-level waste, but that’s a few decades off.

The transport of waste will be conducted safely, and examples in France and the UK demonstrate such a facility can coexist with a clean, green image and a successful export industry.

In the recent Kimba community ballot, more than 61 per cent of local residents supported hosting the facility, and now a ballot is under way for residents near Wallerberdina Station.

Traditional owner, neighbour, and business consultation is also being undertaken, and anyone else with an interest can make a submission

 

November 16, 2019 Posted by | AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, Federal nuclear waste dump, secrets and lies | Leave a comment

Australian Government report states that Lucas Heights spent nuclear fuel rods (for Kimba dump?) are High Level Wastes

Zac Eagle Nuclear Fuel Cycle Watch Australia, November 14

This is an extract from a government report from1993.
The report calls the nuclear fuel rods from the decommissioned Hifar reactor High Level waste.
This would be dumped in the Flinders or Kimba.
Stop the lies, stop the dump.

“The report of the Research Reactor Review examines, among many other things, the issue of the management of spent fuel rods from the HIFAR reactor, which had been accumulating at Lucas Heights since 1963. The Report says:

The spent fuel rods at Lucas Heights can only sensibly be treated as high level waste.
The pretence that spent fuel rods constitute an asset must stop’ (p. 216)

Kazzi Jai “The spent fuel rods at Lucas Heights can only sensibly be treated as high level
waste. … The pretence that spent fuel rods constitute an asset must stop.”
(McKinnon Review, Principal Conclusions p.xxiii, July 1993)

https://www.facebook.com/groups/1021186047913052/

November 16, 2019 Posted by | AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, Federal nuclear waste dump, reference | Leave a comment

Federal Govt to decide on new radioactive waste storage facility next year

November 16, 2019 Posted by | AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, Federal nuclear waste dump | Leave a comment

The vote of one town shouldn’t be the views of all people in South Australia.

Dianne Hedger The people of South Australia do not consider our state a wasteland that’s the view of the eastern states. The majority of South Australians don’t want anything to do with the nuclear industry in any form. We even have anti nuclear state legislation !!!!
The nuclear waste dump is being forced down our throats by the federal government and some people who only think of the almighty dollar.
The vote of one town shouldn’t be the views of all people in South Australia. The government know that if all of South Australia have a vote they wouldn’t be able to push their agenda.
The rest of Australia sits back and don’t think this issue will affect them.But they might like to think a little harder, Because the waste cannot fly across the country by itself to get to said dump. It will travel thru your state!! One spill is all it takes and your farming land will be useless too. https://www.facebook.com/groups/1314655315214929/

November 12, 2019 Posted by | Federal nuclear waste dump, South Australia | Leave a comment

Kimba’s pro nuclear advocates seem unaware of the facts about medical radioactive wastes

Jillian Marsh  No Nuclear Waste Dump Anywhere in South Australia, 12 Nov 19,   hi Andrew Baldock perhaps you are not aware that waste from nuclear medicine is deemed safe enough to dispose of in council waste depots – it does not need to be located in a high level waste facility as being proposed by Fed Govt. The reason they need a ‘remote location’ is about housing high level dangerous and long-lived waste. and it will be shipped in from hundreds of kilometres away, risking not only contamination of the actual site of the dump, but also the transport routes used to ship waste. this is a national issue that requires a national discussion.  https://www.facebook.com/groups/1314655315214929/

November 12, 2019 Posted by | AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, Federal nuclear waste dump | Leave a comment

Australia’s National Radioactive Waste Management Taskforce disingenuous about medical nuclear wastes

Tim Bickmore  No Nuclear Waste Dump Anywhere in South Australia 11 Nov 19, The Taskforce broadcasts minimal information about the type, amount, & location of facility bound radioactive wastes; including that % which SPECIFICALLY RESULTS FROM ACTUAL AUSTRALIAN MEDICAL USAGE.

According to ANSTO Waste Projects & Strategic Planning Manager Kapila Fernando in 2017:
“ANSTO holds about 50 per cent of the radioactive waste in Australia, and 85 per cent of the waste ‘stream’ is directly associated with this nuclear medicine manufacturing program – including the fuel used to power the reactor, the machines used in medicine production, and the gloves and gowns used in the manufacture or administration processes – the cycle to produce radionuclides produces nuclear medical waste.”
When questioned by (then) Senator Scott Ludlam (Senate Economics Legislation Committee Session May 2017); ANSTO CEO Adi Paterson informed us that in the 2016 financial year 80% of ANSTO’s diagnostic medical isotope production consisted of Molybdenum 99. Of which only 28% was used in Australia whilst 72% was exported.
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Let’s do the medical waste maths: – (50% x 85%) = 42.5 % of the national radioactive waste inventory results from medical isotope production. Currently (72% x 80%) = 57.6% of that results from Mo99 exports: which in future will triple, but at 2016 stood at (57.6% x 42.5%) = 24.5% of the total.

Therefore, only 18% (42.5%-24.5%) results from actual national use of medical isotopes: & not all of the 18% requires containment in the proposed facility.

PS ANSTO will not tell us the cost for producing OS exports vs economic return ~ but there is a very high probability (bordering on certainty) that the taxpayer is heavily subsidising OS usage…more  https://www.facebook.com/groups/1314655315214929/

November 11, 2019 Posted by | AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, Federal nuclear waste dump, secrets and lies | Leave a comment

NUCLEAR WASTE DEBATE DIVIDING COMMUNITIES

NUCLEAR WASTE DEBATE DIVIDING COMMUNITIES Fight To Stop Nuclear Waste Dump In Flinders Ranges SA  The Transcontinental November 06, 2019, My name is Ken McKenzie. The Flinders Ranges and Port Augusta have always been my home. I now reside in Flinders House in Quorn.

I wish to say that the radioactive waste dump being proposed for our region is going to be very dangerous for all of us and for generations to come if it is allowed to go ahead.

This is something for all South Australians both black and white to be involved in as it will have an effect one way or another on every one of us.

The area where they want to put this dump is on my tribal land. My ancestors are buried here.

The area also holds a huge connection to our women as this is their land overall. The government do not listen when we say we don’t want it.

The earthquakes and flooding stories told to me in our language goes back into time itself.

This is not the place for a radioactive waste dump. If the Lord doesn’t come down in the next few years, this is going to be a threat to all of us and our future generations to come.

I am also very concerned for people over at Kimba who are going thru the same grief that’s happening to us and my family over here.

The money the government are throwing at us, trying to get us to forfeit our land is insulting and disrespectful to us all.

They have divided my family and our communities, and now we hear that without the much more dangerous intermediate radioactive waste being dumped here as well, that there is hardly any value to the community for putting it here.

Why didn’t they tell the communities all this in the first place. We didn’t want it four years ago and we certainly don’t want it now.

This whole process needs to be scrapped and the government needs to look at a new way to get people to ever trust them again.

 

November 11, 2019 Posted by | aboriginal issues, AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, Federal nuclear waste dump, personal stories | Leave a comment

False promises of lots of permanent jobs – from National Radioactive Waste Management agency

Greg Bannon Fight To Stop Nuclear Waste Dump In Flinders Ranges SA, 11 Nov 19. 
45 jobs are promised for the NRWMF. Why is it certain that 45 people will be employed? People take holidays, need sleep and feeding, get sick, make mistakes and cost money. Third world countries, where life and wages are cheap, still use people.
Mining and material handling operations the world over are converting to remotely controlled robotics. The same applies to surveillance and security.
    • Rio Tinto operates driverless trains, hauling 28,000 tonnes of iron ore at a time.
  • 3D laser scanning technology can separate humans from potentially dangerous operations, confined areas and boring or repetitive work.
  • Remote cameras and sensors operate 24/7, recording and storing everything.
ANSTO promotes its innovation, ground-breaking research and latest technology. The glossy brochures tell that story. BUT…
Here, in the 21st Century, DIIS won’t concede that any of the 45 jobs could be performed without people – it would spoil their narrative and dash expectations they’ve raised..
Megan Jo And what recompense can the community expect if these 45 jobs don’t materialise? None. No recompense for contamination of land, homes, or water. No recompense for damage to tourism or agriculture. It’s easy to make grand promises when you have no intention to take responsibility for delivering them.

November 11, 2019 Posted by | AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, Federal nuclear waste dump | Leave a comment

Australian Government propaganda promoting nuclear waste dump to a rural community

From, Greg Bannon;

Another pack of 15 glossy brochures arrived in our mail last week. Only one was new, all the rest were sent last year.
• How many people actually read them all cover to cover last year?
• How many just had a quick flick through, looked at a few photos and read a few lines?
• What did people do with the first lot?
• What happens with this lot – stack them on the bookshelf next to the others?
Those who support the dump don’t need to read them because they don’t need any more convincing.
Those who don’t support the dump don’t need to read them again because nothing has changed. The site was geologically and culturally unsuitable last year. That hasn’t changed.
So why send all this stuff again? Is it good use of tax payers’ money when the whole of the east coast is burning and the country is in the grip of potentially the worst drought in recorded history?
What do these brochures cost to compile, print and produce, in colour and on highest quality paper?
Imagine the benefit to our region if all these publishing resources had been directed at promoting our magnificent Flinders Ranges? Of course, a campaign like that would cost millions!
This dump has been a con job from the start and no one knows where the finish line is – the judge makes the rules!

November 9, 2019 Posted by | AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, Federal nuclear waste dump | Leave a comment

Matt Canavan and ANSTO lying to Kimba community about true level of planned nuclear waste

November 9, 2019 Posted by | AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, Federal nuclear waste dump, secrets and lies | Leave a comment

Hardly “broad support” as 40% of Kimba locals reject nuclear waste dump

November 9, 2019 Posted by | AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, Federal nuclear waste dump | Leave a comment

In reality Kimba’s support for nuclear waste dump was only 49.94% of those eligible to vote”

November 7, 2019 Posted by | AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, Federal nuclear waste dump | Leave a comment

In Kimba 62% of locals vote in favour of nuclear waste dump

Kimba locals back nuclear waste dump. The Advertiser, 7 Nov 19, Kimba residents have backed a proposal to build a radioactive storage site near the Eyre Peninsula town.

The Australian Electoral Commission conducted a five-week ballot on the issue, on behalf of Kimba Council, with votes being finalised today.

The ballot found 62 per cent of voters backed the proposal.

Resources Minister Matt Canavan said the results showed “significant” community support for the project, which involves building a storage site for low and intermediate level medical waste.

The Government is considering building the storage site at either “Napandee” or “Lyndhurst” near Kimba, or “Wallerberdina”, near Hawker in the Flinders Ranges.

Mr Canavan said he would consider the results alongside other feedback and technical information relating to the project, once a separate ballot in the Flinders Ranges was complete.

Kimba Mayor Dean Johnson said a nuclear waste site would provide much needed jobs and economic stimulus for the region.

If approved in the area, 45 people would work at the waste site once it was built, and the community would receive a $31 million package from the Federal Government including some money already earmarked for local projects in the lead up to the vote.

“In times of drought, you just get reminded again how reliant we are on agriculture,” Mr Johnson said.

“An alternative industry would be good for the town. Whether this is the right one or not, we’ll find out shortly.”

Mr Johnson said he was “incredibly proud” of his community following four years of consultation.

“To have a 90 per cent participation rate shows how strongly engaged our community has been,” he said.

Kimba farmer Peter Woolford, who has been campaigning against the waste dump plan, said the result showed there was still a lot of opposition to the project.

“The Eyre Peninsula is such an amazing place,” said Mr Woolford, chair of the lobby group No Radioactive Waste on Agricultural Land in Kimba or SA.

“Why would you expose your export industry here to any risk at all?”

Mr Woolford said there had been little increase in public support for the project over the past four years, despite the community receiving $4 million in Federal funding for projects as part of the campaign to find a site.

Hawker’s voting period begins on Monday, after the council voted to delay its ballot until a risk assessment was completed.

Mayor Peter Slattery said the council was keen to gauge the public’s views after months of uncertainty on the project’s future.

“If we find they’re opposed to this, we know it’s game over and we can all quietly relax,” Mr Slattery said.

“And if the community are supportive of this that gives us the direction to move forward. “Given how difficult and divisive it’s been, we’re really looking forward to having some direction and resolution.”

The votes had been delayed since last year, when two Aboriginal associations said they would take legal action to stop the ballots, because traditional land owners who did not live in the districts were excluded.”
https://www.adelaidenow.com.au/…/6a04b1b53b6fc5f00b69031be1…

November 7, 2019 Posted by | AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, Federal nuclear waste dump, politics | Leave a comment

Bangarla Aboriginal people conducted their OWN ballot on nuclear waste dump plan for Kimba, South Australia

Kazzi Jai shared a link.  Fight To Stop Nuclear Waste In The Flinders Ranges, 6 Nov 19 On ABC 639 news this morning…..The Barngala People have conducted their OWN ballot through the AEC (the Kimba ballot is being done by the AEC as well) and will forward the results to Canavan once tallied.

They maintain they are legitimate property owners as defined under the Local Government Act, and the total outcome of BOTH ballots must be considered and their votes must be given equal weight to that of those in the Electoral Commission Process.

News segment 02:32:14 to 02:33:00
Podcast will only stay up for 6 days.

https://www.abc.net.au/radio/northandwest/programs/breakfast/breakfast/11661112

November 7, 2019 Posted by | AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, Federal nuclear waste dump, politics | Leave a comment

Kimba’s Dramatic drop in property values, since nominated for nuclear dump

Zac Eagle Fight To Stop Nuclear Waste Dump In Flinders Ranges SA

Property values dropped nearly 30% in 12 months since Kimba nominated for a dump.
Destruction of local communities in more ways than one.  Kimba was 496th in South Australia, now 952nd. more  https://www.facebook.com/groups/941313402573199/

November 7, 2019 Posted by | Federal nuclear waste dump, South Australia | Leave a comment