9 April: S Australia Nuclear Fuel Chain Royal Commission practically ignores waste transport dangers

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As the days get a bit closer to #NuclearCommissionSAust’s announcement of its (predetermined) findings, we need to remember that the Commission’s “Issues Papers” almost completely ignored the question of the dangers of transporting highly radioactive trash across land and sea.

Paul Langley, in his fine response to the Commission’s “Tentative Findings”  raised this very important matter – in the extract below

Response to the Tentative Findings of the SA Nuclear Fuel Cycle Royal Commission A Submission by Paul Langley Nuclear Exhaust 16 Mar 16  “……Transport of HLNW from around the world to a SA HLNW geologic repository

The Royal Commission apparently assumes that the movements of many hundreds of thousands of tonnes of spent nuclear fuel from many countries around the world to the Gawler Craton will be low risk, no problems and perfectly safe. As contradictory as those stances are. I do not accept that position of default safety. Further I do not accept that the unloading of the HLNW will be perfectly safe. I do not accept that road transport from port to repository site will be perfectly safe, even on a dedicated purpose built road.

I would recommend that Super Freighters laden with the contents of countless reactor cores not sail down the Somali coast nor in the waters to the south of Thailand for fear of pirates. They should avoid man made Islands in the South China Sea. I suppose the ships will be guarded by 6 English policemen each with two revolvers between them. Rather than half the Pacific Fleet they would actually warrant. If they ever get to leave their home ports.  What is the Somali coast going to be like in 40 years? Peaceful or short of rad weapons?…….” https://nuclearexhaust.wordpress.com/2016/03/15/response-to-the-tentative-findings-of-the-sa-nuclear-fuel-cycle-royal-commission/

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One Response to “9 April: S Australia Nuclear Fuel Chain Royal Commission practically ignores waste transport dangers”

  1. Mark Says:

    The stupidity of mankind never ceases to amaze me. HLW (high level waste) can easily be more dangerous than a nuclear reactor in full meltdown. HLW requires cooling ponds that must be constantly maintained. Imagine a couple of giant Olympic swimming pools. If for any reason the plant is unattended and the pumps fail due to electricity failure or diesel supply, within days you will have full meltdown due to boil off and exposure to the air. HLW is called High level waste because of decay heat. It’s still highly radioactive and super hot. Now for the really fun part. A typical nuclear reactor has at any moment in time a few hundred tons worth of nuclear fuel. An HLW facility will have a few thousand tons! Nuclear energy is based on one fundamentally flawed premise. That the world and civilisation as we know it will continue as usual. As a constant. Hopefully we know that history has proven how scarily ridiculous this premise is. So assume a scenario where a pandemic breaks out and wipes out say 80% of the population. In Australia at least, who is manning the cooling ponds? One reactor at Chernobyl almost took out Europe. An entire army of heroes were sent in to stop the second explosion happening. Most died horribly. Can you imagine what an HLW facility meltdown would do, thousands of tons… It’s small comfort to note that with or without this SA facility mankind has already signed it’s own death warrant. There are around 500 nuclear reactors and hundreds of HLW waste facilities around the globe. All requiring constant management and attendance by humans. If that attendance stops for any reason we become extinct. So if you out there doomsday prepping. Don’t waste your time. You dead already.

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