Australian news, and some related international items

Australian Govt likely to override Senate recommendations on radioactive waste dump

Labor’s Nuclear-Powered Steamroller,, By Jennifer Mills 16 April 2010, “………  On Monday, the Senate inquiry into the National Radioactive Waste Management Bill 2010 held its final hearing in Darwin. The inquiry has been underway since September and is expected to deliver its recommendations by the end of the month. Those recommendations are not expected to favour the proposed dump site at Muckaty Station near Tennant Creek. But the Bill may be passed anyway, which would turn the site selection into a magically done deal. Continue reading

April 16, 2010 Posted by | AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, politics | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Appeal to help local communities attend Senate hearing on nuclear waste dump

“Traditional Owners, Tennant residents and Barkly region pastoralists are extremely disappointed that the Senate Committee will not sit in Tennant Creek. The distance and cost to travel to Darwin makes it impossible for the majority of concerned people to attend the hearing,”

A public appeal is being launched to raise funds for Muckaty Traditional Owners to attend a Senate Inquiry hearing in Darwin on April 12.

The Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee is considering the recently tabled National Radioactive Waste Management Bill 2010, which identifies an area in the Muckaty Land Trust as the only site to be initially considered for a radioactive waste dump. Continue reading

March 25, 2010 Posted by | General News, uranium | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Aboriginal opposition to National Land Council’s Nuclear Waste Dump Agreement

“You and your organisation should be embarrassed hiding behind legislation that suspends the Aboriginal Land Rights Act (1976).”

N-dump anger The Guardian , 24 March 2010. Darren Coyne, Opposition is mounting against a proposal to site a national radioactive dump at Muckaty Station in the Northern Territory despite the Northern Land Council (NLC) insisting it has the support of traditional owners. Meetings, protests and angry statements have been the fall-out since a recent announcement by Federal Resources Minister Martin Ferguson………… Continue reading

March 23, 2010 Posted by | aboriginal issues, Northern Territory, uranium | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Review: Nuclear waste dumping, nuclear’s costs and safety

Australia: Others join Maralinga veterans’ court case. Mounting opposition to NT nuclear waste dump, while both major parties push for it. Movement for sustainable energy becoming nationally organised

International: Questions in U.S. Congress about financial risks of Obama’s nukes policy, as States become anxious over costs and safety. Pro nukes enthuise over “clean”, “renewable” nuclear energy Safety risks raised over UK’s planned French nuclear reactors, while France mounts push to sell nuke reactors to 3rd World. Practicality and popularity of renewable energy continues to grow.

March 9, 2010 Posted by | Christina reviews | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

U.S govt ‘s $96 billion project on nuclear waste, and still no solution

the federal government continues to search for suitable sites for storage of high-level wastes from nuclear power plants and for very long-lived radioactive materials from weapons production.

For the time being high-level waste remain on the sites where they were generated…….

Where to dump nuclear waste? Manila Bulletin By ATTY. ROMEO V. PEFIANCO February 17, 2010, Dumping nuclear waste has been a serious problem in the US since 1970 Continue reading

February 22, 2010 Posted by | 1 | , , , , , | Leave a comment