Australian news, and some related international items

Swing against Labor in NT due to Labor’s Aboriginal policy and nuclear waste dump plans

Mr Hampton said…….There’s obviously the issues … terms of the nuclear waste dump as well, so they’re federal issues……

Intervention cost Labor votes: NT minister – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation), By Eleni Roussos, 24 Aug 2010, The Minister for Central Australia, Karl Hampton, says the federal intervention contributed to a swing against Labor in the Northern Territory. Continue reading

August 24, 2010 Posted by | Northern Territory, politics, uranium | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Hanford’s radioactive waste- no solution in sight

one of the biggest challenges the US nuclear weapons complex, and consequentially, the Department of Energy, has ever had to deal with………… the tanks were leaking, and the government had failed to report the leaks and the spreading contamination……….

Cleaning Up After The Cold War: Hanford’s Tank Waste, Daily Kos:by Page van der Linden  May 23, 2010 “…..the remote sites around the United States, consisting of laboratories and manufacturing facilities, the complex that made The Bomb possible. And unless you’re very familiar with this complex, or you’re a resident of the Pacific Northwest, you may not know about a remote part of Washington State known as the Hanford Site…… Continue reading

May 25, 2010 Posted by | uranium | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Uranium mining radioactively pollutes Kakadu National Park

Mine fears grow as pollutants flow to Kakadu, Sydney Morning Herald, LINDSAY MURDOCH May 24, 2010

MILLIONS of litres of radioactive water from the Ranger uranium mine have flowed into internationally acclaimed and World Heritage-listed wetlands in Kakadu National Park. Continue reading

May 24, 2010 Posted by | environment, Northern Territory, uranium, water | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Navajo to fight uranium mining expansion

[Uranium mining] left New Mexico with a devastating legacy of sick communities—including high rates of cancers, respiratory diseases, reproductive disorders and miscarriages. They also left contaminated water, soil, and air.

Navajo to Protest Uranium Mining Expansion, Censored News, May 20, 2010 On May 25-27 a delegation of Navajo community leaders will come to Denver to protest US Government support for expanding the nuclear industry that has already had a devastating impact on Native American and Chicano communities in New Mexico.The Nuclear Regulatory Commission and the National Mining Association will host a “Uranium Recovery” conference designed to make it easier for mining companies to move forward with a new era of uranium mining. Continue reading

May 21, 2010 Posted by | uranium, water | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Uranium poisoning of Native Americans’ land

Native America, Discovered and Conquered » Blog Archive » American Indians and uranium poisoning In what  might be an example of environmental and economic racism, I believe that more than 50% of the uranium mining in the United States occurs on tribal lands. Tribal lands make up only 1% of the land mass in the lower 48 states. I just heard very disturbing evidence presented on very serious and very significant cancer clusters on the Navajo Nation reservation blamed on water and land contaminated with uranium tailings.Watch this video complied from a conference held on the Hopi Nation in November 2009 about this issue.

April 19, 2010 Posted by | 1, uranium, water | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

But anyway, Gareth Evans is right about nuclear fuel recycling.

In a perfect world. the plan to send enriched uranium and plutonium to USA and Russia, to fuel nuclear reactors, might be part of a good move. That would be the move to wind down all nuclear power plants. ( but I doubt that this is the intended plan)

It would also put a stop to the dirty dangerous industry of uranium mining.

However, Gareth Evans points out that recycling nuclear fuel simply creates new stockpiles of very dirty, very dangerous, radioactive wastes. Sure, Gareth Evans’ point of view promotes Australia’s uranium mining companies.  But he’s right, anyway.

April 15, 2010 Posted by | Christina reviews, energy, uranium | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Cherie Blair doing legal battle for aboriginal nuclear victims

Cherie Blair to help atomic test veterans  Mirror News UK By Susie Boniface 4/04/2010 Cherie Blair is helping atomic test veterans sue the Government in a multi-million-pound lawsuit.Three hundred Australian survivors – ex-military staff and civilians including 100 Aborigines -say radiation from British tests in Oz left them with a legacy of cancers, rare medical conditions and defects in their children.

The leading human rights lawyer’s husband Tony Blair insisted while PM they were not affected and blocked their claims.The Sunday Mirror has campaigned for justice for the veterans, widows and children who won the right to sue the Ministry of Defence last year.Aborigines’ campaigner Neil Gillespie said of Cherie: “She is as sharp as a Samurai sword.”

Cherie Blair to help atomic test veterans –

April 5, 2010 Posted by | AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, legal, uranium | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

“Peaceful Nuclear Power” – it’s an oxymoron

Harmonious relationships between people and nations cannot survive in a nuclear power society, with its atmosphere of secrecy, surveillance , suspicion, fear, and ever-present real danger.

April 3, 2010 Posted by | General News | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Australia needed for that two-faced nuclear security summit

On the one hand – yes, it’s a good idea to promote the world’s security from nuclear terrorism and nuclear weapons.

On the other hand, the summit is also aimed at promoting the nuclear industry by a global cartel – the Global Nuclear Energy Partnership, to which Australia is signed up.

Australia could very well end up endorsing a system whereby Australia’s uranium is “leased” – i.e  it comes back to Australia in the form of nuclear wastes.

April 3, 2010 Posted by | Christina reviews, uranium | , , , , , , , | 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

Australian Aboriginals audio: No to Nuclear Waste Dump at Muckaty

Censored news,, 20 March 2010

Australian Aboriginals Audio: No to Nuclear Dump at Muckaty

WGAR: Working Group for Aboriginal Rights (Australia)
Nuclear waste dump in the Northern Territory (2 Mar 10)
Audio from Public meeting
Beyond Nuclear Initiative’s weblog: New audio uploaded
Continue reading

March 22, 2010 Posted by | General News, uranium | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Nuclear waste problem likely to end the ‘nuclear renaissance’

ANALYSIS – Toxic waste weighs on revival of nuclear industry  Reuters, by Ayesha Rascoe, 17 March 2010, “…LEGAL LIABILITY ANOTHER ISSUE Nuclear power producers also have to grapple with the legal liabilities of owning waste. The Energy Department was supposed to take ownership of waste in 1998, but that has not happened

Utilities “don’t like the idea of this long-term liability over which they really have no control,” said Robert Fri of Resources for the Future.

With no place for the used fuel to go, the nuclear waste has to stay on site even when plants are shut down. There are about 14 shut-down reactors where waste remains at the site.

Dealing with technical and legal issues will not be easy. But the biggest obstacle for the new commission will most likely be overcoming political opposition.

ANALYSIS – Toxic waste weighs on revival of nuclear industry | Business News | Reuters

March 22, 2010 Posted by | energy, General News | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Planned NT nuclear waste dump will not be just for ‘medical’ waste

What will be stored at Muckaty? – ABC Darwin – Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 10 March, 2010  By Liz Trevaskis We’ve heard that medical waste will be stored at an Australian radioactive waste dump, either at Muckaty station or wherever else a site is chosen. But spent nuclear fuel rods, which are of a higher level of radioactivity, will also be stored in any waste dump that’s established.

March 11, 2010 Posted by | Northern Territory | , , , , | Leave a comment

Secret nuclear waste dump deal done by ruthless Australian govt

no comparable country had a national radioactive waste policy based on secret documents and agreements.

Fallout over NT nuclear dump site, LINDSAY MURDOCH AND TOM ARUP, February 27, 2010
Dianne Stokes says the Rudd government’s decision to push ahead with plans to dump nuclear waste on the red-soil land north of Tennant Creek has caused trouble in her Warlmanpa tribe. ”People have given away land that doesn’t belong to them … now there is big trouble among us,” she said. Continue reading

February 27, 2010 Posted by | AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

If Australia “goes nuclear” South Australia will get the radioactive waste dump

High-level nuclear waste will be created if Australia goes nuclear.But spent fuel rods would be kept underwater at the reactor site for 70 years and then buried one kilometres below ground.A site has already been identified for that dump _ Territorians might be pleased to known that it’s just across the border in South Australia.Group of 40 okays NT nuclear dump | Northern Territory News | Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia |

February 27, 2010 Posted by | South Australia | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment