Australian news, and some related international items

Australians who refuse airport radiation scanning will be denied boarding plane

instead of ordering persons who refused body scanning to submit to a hands on experience, the Australian way will be to deny boarding to the passenger, who will be told to leave the terminal…..

Official: No sexual feelings at Australian airports – Crikey – Plane Talking, 19 Nov 10, “A spokesperson for the Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, Anthony Albanese, confirmed that Australia would not go down the same path as the US Transportation Security Administration, Continue reading

November 21, 2010 Posted by | AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, civil liberties | , , , , | Leave a comment

Northern Territory govt explains its opposition to Alice Springs uranium mine

“We’re 20 kilometres from Alice Springs in an arid environment and an environment well known for dust storms,” he said.

“I think it’s enough evidence for us to oppose it…the reasons behind our opposition to establish a mine so close to Alice Springs

Vatskalis defends Alice uranium mine opposition ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation),  Nov 18, 2010 The Northern Territory Resources Minister says a decision to oppose any application to mine for uranium at a site near Alice Springs was not just based on public opinion. Continue reading

November 18, 2010 Posted by | Northern Territory, politics, uranium | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Huge seabed area radioactive 60 years after nuclear reactor closed

The discovery of the contamination on the seabed in 1997 led to a ban on fishing in waters within two kilometres of the plant…..An area equivalent in size to 22 football pitches is being cleaned.

(Scotland) Dounreay: Investigation uncovers worst radiation hotspot ever Radioactive particles located during the latest search of the seabed off Dounreay. STV News, 18 November 2010 An investigation into the seabed off the Dounreay nuclear plant has uncovered the most dangerous radioactive hotspot yet found. Continue reading

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Skin cancer danger from airport radiation scanning

“While the dose would be safe if it were distributed throughout the volume of the entire body, the dose to the skin may be dangerously high,”

Airport scanners may pose risk to skin Kelly Brewington, Meredith Cohn and Andrea K. Walker –, 18 Nov 10, The new body scanners at U.S. airports are getting a lot of attention for how much they show of the human body, but doctors are saying there’s another problem: The radiation ticks up the chance of developing skin cancer. Continue reading

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Renewed call against Martin Ferguson’s nuclear waste dump plan for Aboriginal land

“It is a long way from Northcote and Preston to Muckaty but today’s message to Minister Ferguson is simple: this issue is not out of sight and not out of mind and many people in this region do not support or accept this plan to push a radioactive waste dump on an unwilling community,”…Minister Ferguson’s dump plan is irresponsible, divisive and out of step with both international best practice and local community opinion.

Not in our name: locals say no to Minister’s dump plan , 18 Nov 10, Local community members will today join with representatives of the Australian Conservation Foundation (ACF) to deliver thousands of petitions calling on federal member Martin Ferguson to dump his plan for a controversial radioactive waste dump at Muckaty, north of Tennant Creek in the Northern Territory. Continue reading

November 18, 2010 Posted by | General News, uranium | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

50 years later, Rum Jungle uranium mine site still radioactive

Recreation reserve closed due to radiation,  ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation), By Louisa Rebgetz  Nov 12, 2010 A Northern Territory recreational reserve where a uranium mine once operated has been closed due to low-level radiation in the area. The Rum Jungle Mine, about 100 kilometres south of Darwin, operated in the early 1960s.The area was rehabilitated in 1991 before becoming the Rum Jungle South Recreation Reserve.The Department of Resources says tests at the waste rock pile at the reserve have detected low-level radiation……Recreation reserve closed due to radiation – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

November 15, 2010 Posted by | environment, Northern Territory, uranium, wind | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

65 years later, radioactive beach still endangering people

23 drums of radioactive waste have been removed. Two years ago SEPA said particles found on the beach could give a child a potentially lethal dose of radiation…Experts admit the particles could kill if they found their way inside the body.

(Scotland) Families allowed on Fife beach awash with radiation « Deadline Press & Picture Agency, Amanda MacMillan, 15 Nov 10, THE clean-up of a Fife beach has been halted putting families at risk of potentially lethal radiation. Continue reading

November 15, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , | Leave a comment

BHP Billiton under fire over radioactive waste dumping

”This company plans to dump rather than to dispose of their radioactive wastes, and do not intend to rehabilitate the proposed open pit, intending instead to leave a toxic lake as a permanent scar on the landscape,”

BHP boss faces a grilling, Sydney Morning Herald, Mathew MurphyNovember 15, 2010 BHP Billiton boss Marius Kloppers will come under pressure from shareholders at tomorrow’s annual meeting…… Continue reading

November 15, 2010 Posted by | AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, Opposition to nuclear, uranium | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Australian govt doing publicity spin as it hands Woomera over to uranium miners

Woomera-Land of the Dispossessed-Open for Mining Paul Langley’s Nuclear History Blog, November 12, 2010 Government announces Review of Woomera Prohibited Area .
!. Remove Aboriginal People – 40s-50s.
2. Bomb the crap out of the joint.
3. Do a “clean up” sufficient for the mining industry\
4. Do a PR exersize prior to handing to area to miners.
5. Hand the area to miners.

Throughout all this step 1 remains in force over the larger Prohibited Area.

We are at step 4

“Today Defence Minister Stephen Smith and Minister for Resources and Energy Martin Ferguson released the Interim Report of the Government Review of the Woomera Prohibited Area.
Public Comment on the Interim Report is welcome. Please send any comments to by 3 December 2010………nuclearhistory « Paul Langley’s Nuclear History Blog

November 12, 2010 Posted by | AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, spinbuster, uranium | , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

Australian uranium sales to Russia, a backward step for peace and global safety

The Australian Greens have condemned the Federal Government for striking a deal to sell uranium to Russia’s power industry.Greens nuclear issues spokesperson Senator Scott Ludlam said the deal announced today was environmentally irresponsible and a drastic step backwards for nuclear disarmament.

“Russia has a nuclear energy sector known for low safety and environmental standards, the world’s largest stockpile of nuclear weapons, is a key part of the Iranian nuclear programme and has not been visited by IAEA inspectors since 2001,” he said. “The case against selling uranium to Russia is undeniable.” Continue reading

November 12, 2010 Posted by | AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, politics, uranium | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Melbourne’s Port Phillip bay endangered by American nuclear warships

“There are big risks in having nuclear power or nuclear armed warships in Port Phillip Bay.”

Bandt: We Don`t Want U.S. Ships, Mathaba, 10 Nov 10, Greens MP Adam Bandt has expressed concern at plans for more US naval visits to Australia saying the government must explain what it means for Melbourne. Continue reading

November 11, 2010 Posted by | General News | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Closure of Vermont Yankee nuclear reactor may signal end of nuclear industry

With the Green Mountain State’s newly elected pro-green governor and legislature, Yankee may be the first domino to fall in a chain of leaky, rickety, increasingly dangerous elder nukes. With them would go a serious premise of a nuclear future.

Vermont Votes No Nukes, THE HUFFINGTON POST, Harvey Wasserman: , 10 Nov 10, Vermont has elected a governor pledged to make the state truly green by shutting its decrepit, leaking nuclear plant. And the town closest to that reactor has voted to take it by eminent domain if necessary, a step unprecedented in world history. Continue reading

November 11, 2010 Posted by | uranium | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Indian govt presses on with Meghalaya uranium mining, despite public opposition

‘How can we allow them to start this mining project when they themselves cannot give satisfactory answers on health and environment impact of uranium mining,’

Meghalaya civil groups oppose uranium mining project Shillong,  sify news, Nov 10 (IANS) Anti-mining groups in Meghalaya Wednesday vowed that they would continue to oppose a uranium mining project, while the central government set 2012 as the year to start mining in the state’s West Khasi Hills district. Continue reading

November 10, 2010 Posted by | uranium | , , , , | Leave a comment

Australian airline pilots will trust the government on radiation scanner safety

Australia is planning to introduce the full-body scanners at its international airports early next year….Australian International Pilots Association (AIPA) has no plans to boycott, it will continue to work with the Government to address safety issues.

Australian Pilots Negotiating Full-Body Scan with Government | TopNews United States, by Jatinder Kumar , 11/09/2010 -The American Allied Pilots Association has announced a boycott on new airport security devices that capture images of passengers’ naked bodies. Continue reading

November 9, 2010 Posted by | AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, health | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Airport radiation scanners to be boycotted by world’s largest pilot union

In April, radiation experts from the University of California, San Francisco, warned President Obama’s science assistant that the machines pose potentially serious health risks……

World’s largest pilot union shuns full-body scanners  The Register Warning cites radiation risk, By Dan Goodin in San Francisco , 9th November 2010 The world’s largest independent airline pilot association is warning its members to avoid security screening by full-body scanners out of concern the machines emit dangerous levels of radiation. Continue reading

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