Posts Tagged ‘nuclear wastes’

Australia’s vested interest while preaching disarmament

November 2, 2009

Australia and Iran Pickled Politics Sandra Hajda 31st October, 2009
“…………….The meeting was in fact brokered by the International Commission on Nuclear Non- Proliferation and Disarmament, a body founded by Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd.
At first glance this appears to be little more than a minor think-tank (more…)


Uranium mining close to Kalgoorlie?

October 28, 2009

Uranium explorer now on Kalgoorlie’s golden doorstep

Atom Energy one of the explorers launched at the height of the uranium boom two years ago will now embark on an exploration programme on licences immediately north of Kalgoorlie in Western Australia.

  MIneWeb Ross Louthean
 27 Oct 2009

Atom Energy Ltd (ASX: AXY) will embark on a drilling programme next week at the Excelsior and Zoroastrian deposits at Bardoc, immediately north of Kalgoorlie…………………….. -Joining the exploration programme is geologist David Hamlyn who was managing director of Atom Energy for its first year but left after some boardroom disputes.

Atom retains uranium prospects in and around Alice Springs in the Northern Territory and after a new board was appointed early this year it joint ventured its Cleos uranium project in the Pine Creek region, south of Darwin to Thundelarra Exploration Ltd, a Perth company that has made a high grade uranium discovery in that region.

Mineweb – URANIUM – Uranium explorer now on Kalgoorlie`s golden doorstep

Woomera to get “temporary” dump of mixed radioactive waste

October 23, 2009

Alarm over radioactive waste plan KIM WHEATLEY

Adelaide NowOctober 23, 2009

ABOUT 80 drums of radioactive waste has been earmarked to be shifted 450km from Edinburgh RAAF base to a new waste dump at Woomera.
The Defence Department is seeking licence approvals to turn an old explosives storage building into the Koolymilka Waste Storage Facility in the Woomera Prohibited area.

Defence has told The Advertiser that it also plans to shift 206 44-gallon (194 litres) drums – or about 40 cubic metres – from a nearby Woomera site for the new “temporary” waste dump.

Five years ago, the Federal Government scrapped plans to build a low-level nuclear waste dump near Woomera after strong opposition from the State Government – and moves to establish a permanent facility have stalled ever since.

While the State Government has raised no objections to yet another “temporary” facility being established, it is worried about radioactive waste being transported through the state, especially if it is trucked……………..

The Defence Department only provided a small list to The Advertiser of the types of “low and intermediate” waste that will be held in storage, including valves from radar and telecommunications equipment, luminous aircraft dials and smoke detectors.

But it made no mention of suggestions that it would also house contaminated soil from an old CSIRO site in Melbourne and other radioactive material from medical and research facilities from around the nation.,22606,26246813-2682,00.html

NT’s secret: nuke waste dump deal, despite govt promises

October 22, 2009

Secret $200k nuclear dump contract criticised ABC News By David Coady 22 Oct 09 The Greens are criticising the Federal Government for keeping secret a contract with traditional owners about a nuclear waste dump in the Northern Territory. (more…)

Public should know about Ranger uranium mine leak

October 21, 2009

Probe into uranium mine leak continues ABC News  Oct 20, 2009  The Commonwealth supervising scientist of the Ranger uranium mine at Kakadu National Park says investigations are continuing into water contamination at the site. (more…)

National Park land taken over for uranium mining

October 17, 2009

uranium Mining in a National Park October 16, 2009 by archiearchive  Here in the Rudall River National Park we are soon to discover that a National Park  ……….. the mineral is uranium and the back yard is the home of the traditional Martu people. A place where they hunt, where they swim in the water holes and where the footprint of man is washed away with the next season’s rains.

Unless they are the men are from Cameco. In which case they will mine uranium from a parcel of land which used to be a part of a gazetted National Park. This parcel was excised from the Park by a Government decree.

So for maybe seven or ten years a mine will operate and then the miners will leave. Left behind will be the pollution they promise won’t happen. Just like at the Ranger Uranium Mine in the Kakadu National Park. I mean “the Ranger Uranium Mine with-in the Kakadu National Park.” For that was another parcel of land excised from a National Park.  There are 100,000 litres of contaminated water leaking into the ground water each day from the Ranger mine.

 The Australian Government says we should not be worried about this.And they are quite correct. There is no need for any politician in Canberra, no bureaucrat in his ivory tower or any mining executive in his overseas mansion to worry about that contamination. After all, his children and grand children will not hunt the land, relying on the groundwater for their life. They will not swim in the contaminated water holes nor eat the fish caught in those waterholes.

No uranium mine in Australia has failed to pollute the land it is on or the land outside the mine’s boundaries.But the Government tells us we should not worry.

Uranium Mining in a National Park « Ærchies Archive – The Curmudgeon’s Magazine

International pressure to stop NT radioactive dumping

October 17, 2009

Radioactive sites get overseas pressure ABC News By Kirsty Nancarrow i Oct 16, 2009
Anti-nuclear campaigners from Central Australia are hoping to put international pressure on the Commonwealth to abandon plans for a nuclear waste facility in the Northern Territory. (more…)

Bribery charges in Arkaroola uranium exploration

October 17, 2009

Arkaroola uranium hunter on bribery charges Independenct Weekly HENDRIK GOUT17/10/2009 The owner and director of the largest shareholder in the company which the state government allows to explore the Arkaroola wilderness for uranium, Marathon Resources, is awaiting trial on charges of having bribed a government minister. (more…)

Uranium and cancer

October 10, 2009
Uranium development a sham Eastern Panorama Agnes Kgarshiing (India)  11 Oct 09

Cancer cases among Aboriginal people living near Australia’s biggest uranium mines is doubling, a study by the Federal Governments leading Indigenous Research body shows, (more…)

Australia will not take in international nuclear wastes

October 7, 2009

Rudd slams door on nuclear waste industry  THE AUSTRALIAN Christian Kerr  October 07, 2009 THE Rudd government has rejected calls from former Labor foreign minister Gareth Evans for Australia to take back the waste from the uranium it sells. (more…)