Australian news, and some related international items

Massive protest in Germany highlights anti-nuclear feeling

What has made this particular demonstration so explosive is the coincidence of this transport of nuclear waste with the government’s decision to overturn former legislation aimed at phasing out nuclear power by around 2020.

Mounting disappointments boost anti-nuclear protests   Deutsche Welle,   Ben Knight,   08.11.2010 “……..The ongoing civil disobedience campaign against a train delivery of nuclear waste to a storage facility in Gorleben is being reported as one of the biggest of its kind ever in Germany. Continue reading

November 9, 2010 Posted by | uranium | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Woomera ‘prohibited’ zone to have both uranium mining and weapons testing

The region is synonymous with the testing of long range missiles and rockets during the Cold War and is still used by the military for weapons testing. The Resources Minister Martin Ferguson said that the new recommendation is that the miners and the military would be both operating at some sections of the land on a time share basis.

Australia May Tap Restricted Area of Woomera for Natural Resources [uranium mining] Azomining, By Joel Scanlon, 9 Nov 10, The Woomera weapons testing range in South Australia’s outback will be downsized to allow mining in the region as per a federal government report recommendation. Vast restricted areas of South Australia will be opened up to mining companies including foreign investors if the review is considered favourably. Continue reading

November 9, 2010 Posted by | South Australia, uranium, weapons and war | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Australian airline pilots might boycott radiation scanning

The [backscatter radiation scanning] devices are planned to be rolled out across Australia next year…The Australian and International Pilots Association says it is also considering the issue raised by the APA

Pilots boycott full-body scanners over health fears By Kate Schneider, , November 08, 2010 THE world’s largest pilot’s association has boycotted full-body scanners over health risks Continue reading

November 8, 2010 Posted by | AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, health | , , , , | Leave a comment

Frequent fliers’ increased cancer risk due to ionising radiation

Experts warned passengers could be subjected to increasing risk to cancer due to such radiation levels……

Airline frequent fliers ‘radiation poisoning risks’ from space ‘solar flare’ storm activity – Telegraph By Andrew Hough 05 Nov 2010 Researchers found passengers faced the “hazard” of space radiation, which created unhealthy levels of exposure while flying at “typical cruise altitudes” of 40,000 feet. Continue reading

November 8, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , | Leave a comment

Hillary Clinton and Robert Gates – quiet pro nuclear spin to Australia?

The nuclear sales show is sure getting complicated.  AS USA can’t sell new nukes to its own people, and France falters in that same effort at home –  then it’s time to flog off the nuclear industry to Asia while you can still make a buck or a euro out of it.

Below you can read of Obama’s   efforts right now, as he visits India with a stack of nuclear  industry executives.  Sarkozy’ does a similar deal in China.

Where does Australia come into all this?  Surely not!  Hillary Clinton and Robert Gates are in Australia for a jolly sunny holiday. No?

No – they’re in Australia to sell us military stuff, and to get Australia further into USA’s military machine.   The Australian public will, as usual, be kept in the dark about this, and who knows what else?

Perhaps USA wants Australia to sell uranium to India – to further USA’s nuclear reactor sales there, and to spit China?

While Europe has just decided that it’s too dangerous to transport nuclear wastes beyond its shores, USA has made no such decision.  Perhaps Australia is the preferred destination for USA’s mounting embarassment of nuclear wastes?

November 6, 2010 Posted by | Christina reviews, uranium | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Hillary Clinton not likely to be answering questions on nuclear wastes

Pardon my cynicism, but I bet that Hillary Clinton will be answering nice safe (non-nuclear) questions from young Australians.

Hillary Clinton to take questions from young Australians in Melbourne forum from Herald Sun, 4 Nov 10, |US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will take part in an hour-long question and answer forum in Melbourne on Sunday.Ms Clinton, who will be in Melbourne for the first time as Secretary of State, will answer questions from a live audience as well as respond to questions posted on Facebook, Twitter and others posted via video link.

The forum, aimed at people under-35 and at a secret location for security reasons, comes one day ahead of Ms Clinton’s expected attendance at the Australia-United States Ministerial (AUSMIN) consultations on Monday at Melbourne’s Government House

Questions for the forum, which will be televised on Sunday evening, can be posted on ABC News’s Facebook page or on Twitter with the hashtag #hillaryoz.

November 5, 2010 Posted by | Christina reviews, uranium | , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

John Durie of THE AUSTRALIAN recommends nuclear waste storage industry for South Australia

South Australia’s Rann could do everyone a favour by realising the best way to maximise growth in the state is to look at some sort of environmentally friendly nuclear waste storage in the state. – John Durie writes in THE AUSTRALIAN 5  Nov

“This could be a new industry for the country, and as much as the environmental benefits of nuclear power are questionable, it is another source of power which should go into the mix.

It just so happens BHP is sitting on tonnes of uranium, and it just so happens its boss Marius Kloppers is a big advocate of a carbon tax to get Australia on to the greenhouse combat zone efficiently.

Next stop is to start pushing for nuclear power in Australia, powered by the Big Australian, which it seems has got too big to buy anything of any size offshore…..”

November 5, 2010 Posted by | South Australia, uranium, wastes | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

AREVA illegally storing radioactive waste at rail terminal

Greenpeace has therefore filed a complaint against French nuclear giant Areva for use of an undeclared basic nuclear installation, by storing nuclear waste in a place not designed for this purpose. Areva does not respect the legal criteria for storage of radioactive nuclear waste….The nuclear waste inside has a half life about 700 million years.

Complaint against AREVA for illegal storage of nuclear waste Greenpeace International,  by JulietteH – November 4, 2010, On Tuesday, at 3pm, Greenpeace conducted a citizen inspection at the entrance of the railway terminal in the small town of Valognes, France. Activists carried out radiation measurements by monitoring the passage of trucks that have been carrying containers of highly radioactive nuclear waste for a week. Continue reading

November 5, 2010 Posted by | uranium | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Thousands of Germans will protest nuclear waste transport

Monday’s attack on a power cable in an S-Bahn rail station came just days before many thousands of anti-nuclear activists are expected to protest on Nov. 5-8 against the transport of nuclear waste to a dump in the northern town of Gorleben.

German anti-nuclear activists disrupt Berlin trains | Reuters BERLIN Nov 2 – German anti-nuclear activists on Tuesday took responsibility for setting a small fire in a Berlin rail station during rush hour that caused widespread disruption to commuters throughout the capital. Continue reading

November 3, 2010 Posted by | uranium | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Hazards in BHP’s planned export of uranium to China

“BHP propose precedent sale of uranium in copper concentrates to China…“This is not sanctioned under Australia’s nuclear treaties … it would compromise our safeguards and environmental responsibilities, and dump some 1.2 million tonnes of long-lived radioactive mine wastes in China every year.

‘Toxic lake’ future for Olympic Dam, Roxby Downs Sun, 25 Oct, 2010 02:26 BHP must present feasible alternatives to prevent or reduce the environmental impacts of the proposed Olympic Dam expansion in the next phase of the Environmental Impact Statement process, the Australian Conservation Foundation (ACF) say. Continue reading

October 26, 2010 Posted by | AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, politics international, uranium | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Ionising radiation found to be a greater cancer risk

a new study reveals that the hazard may be greater in adults than previously believed……..our results [now] show that for a middle-aged person around 50 or so, that risk came out to be twice what the standard models had predicted.”….

Radiation May Be a Greater Cancer Risk for Adults Than Doctors Thought, TIME , By Alice Park , October 25, 2010 From the sun’s ultraviolet rays to the weak cosmic exposure we get on plane flights to the screening tests that doctors recommend, our bodies are constantly bombarded with small but relatively consistent doses of potentially cancer-triggering radiation. Continue reading

October 26, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , | Leave a comment

Australian govt to try mediation to get nuclear waste dump on to Aboriginal land

a representative from other clans, Mark Lane Jangala, has launched a Federal Court challenge against the Government and the land council to try to stop the dump.

Nuclear dump parties to enter mediation, ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation), By Anna Henderson, 26 Oct 10 The Federal Government and the Northern Land Council have agreed to mediate with Aboriginal clans who oppose a nuclear waste dump in the Northern Territory. Continue reading

October 26, 2010 Posted by | aboriginal issues, AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Tax-payer subsidises uranium mine, but unaware of toxic result

“BHP propose to dump radioactive mine tailings on the surface and to leave them there forever rather than to dispose of their wastes,”…“BHP do not intend to rehabilitate the proposed open pit, intending instead to leave a toxic lake as a radioactive scar on the landscape.”.

‘Toxic lake’ future for Olympic Dam,  Roxby Downs Sun, 25 Oct, 2010 “……..  BHP had designed the project to leak an average three million litres of liquid radioactive wastes a day until 2050 and only plan to line about 15 per cent of tailings piles. Continue reading

October 26, 2010 Posted by | AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, secrets and lies, uranium | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

NSW govt dumps plan to dump radioactive waste on Sydney Western suburb

Government documents unearthed last week showed that 6000 tonnes of radioactive waste would be dug up from the site of a former uranium smelter in Nelson Parade, Hunters Hill, and buried at Kemps Creek, near Penrith.

Keneally rules out Kemps Creek as dump for Hunters Hill N-waste, Sydney Morning Herald, Ben Cubby, October 25, 2010 The state government has backed out of using Sydney’s west as a dumping ground for radioactive waste after community opposition. Continue reading

October 24, 2010 Posted by | uranium | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Theft of radioactive materials in Victoria

The theft is the most serious incident in the report, which includes another 33 cases where people were exposed to levels of radiation, most often as the result of medical error.

The Brumby Dump: nuclear compounds stolen from the back of a ute | Crikey, by Wez Matthews-Naylor, 22 Oct 120 Dangerous nuclear compounds were stolen from the back of an unlocked ute in the Melbourne suburb of Dandenong earlier this year, and remain at large Continue reading

October 22, 2010 Posted by | safety, Victoria | , , , , , | Leave a comment