Posts Tagged ‘radioactive’

Uranium mining companies to fight it out in court

November 13, 2009

Miners clash on native title
* Sarah-Jane Tasker
* From: The Australian
* November 13, 2009

THE joint-venture partners in what is expected to be Australia’s next uranium mine are locked in a legal dispute over a native title agreement on the project. (more…)

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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…)

Opposition to WA uranium mining, despite Mega beatup

October 29, 2009

Mega beat up on uranium mining. Conservation Council WA & Anti-Nuclear Alliance  21 October 2009   Environment groups are standing strong with regional communities who are opposing uranium mining in WA, despite Mega Uranium and industry over-confidence.Natalie Lowrey, Uranium Free campaigner, Conservation Council of WA says, (more…)

Chinese nuclear company buys 70 percent of Australian uranium miner

October 29, 2009

Calls for clarity on Chinese resources investment October 29, 2009 The Australian AUSTRALIA’S policy on Chinese investment in resources has, if anything, become murkier since Chinalco’s controversial $US19.5 billion Rio Tinto rescue package fell through earlier this year, prompting renewed calls for more clarity (more…)

Cutting the risks of medical radiation

October 27, 2009

Rethink on medical imaging radiation to cut risks AUSTRALIAN IT Jennifer Foreshew | October 27, 2009

A COMPUTER program that aims to make radiography imaging safer for patients by minimising their radiation exposure is expected to be tested in a clinical environment next year.

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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…)

Hypocrisy of Australia over uranium sales

October 22, 2009

The Forgotten Nightmare: Global Cooling By Robin Davis 21 October, 2009 Countercurrents.org “……Here in Australia, advocates of uranium mining and export claim that this gives us a more credible voice in the world arena than we would otherwise have. They say our position as the largest source of uranium and the second largest exporter after Canada makes us more effective in preventing nuclear proliferation than we would otherwise be. In other words, by selling the stuff from which nuclear weapons are made, we are helping to stop the spread of nuclear weapons.

This absurd reasoning extends to the so-called “safeguard” agreements – essentially book-keeping entries – that supposedly track every morsel of “Australian Obligated” uranium during its travels around the world, including its reprocessing and on-selling. We can rest assured that Australian uranium won’t be used to make nuclear weapons – or free up other uranium for that purpose – because we say it can’t and the buyer nations say it won’t………

History tells a different story. Of about 60 countries that have nuclear power or research reactors more than 20 have used their “peaceful” facilities for covert nuclear weapons research or production or both. India, Pakistan, Israel, South Africa and North Korea have all developed nuclear weapons under cover of “peaceful” nuclear programs……………..

The belligerence and blatant double standards demonstrated by the “big five,” who also hold the five permanent seats and veto power on the UN Security Council, provides motivation and “justification” for other states – some repeatedly threatened with attack, including nuclear attack (“all options are on the table”) – to develop a nuclear “deterrent” of their own. “Peaceful” nuclear programs are the obvious way for them to develop the necessary expertise and facilities and to acquire the technology and essential raw material: uranium……………

It seems the straight-faced hypocrisy of successive Australian governments is boundless: joining in the vilification of the latest designated nuclear “rogue” states, worrying over nuclear terrorism and mouthing non-proliferation platitudes on the one hand while allowing exports of the raw material for nuclear proliferation on the other. If Australia were sincere it would leave its uranium in the ground..

The Forgotten Nightmare: Global Cooling By Robin Davis

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…)

Staff not evacuated after spill at Lucas Heights

October 21, 2009

Staff not evacuated after spill at Lucas Heights  THE AUSTRALIAN October 21, 2009  Australian Associated Press  OPERATORS at Sydney’s Lucas Heights nuclear reactor were not evacuated after a radiation chemical spill, a Senate committee has heard. (more…)

Britain’ atmospheric atomic bomb tests

October 20, 2009

Maralinga Our Own Shame – UK Nuclear Bomb Tests in Australia   – Care2 News Network (UK) by David Buchan 19 Oct 09  Britain actively used Australian soil and people to conduct it’s nuclear testing program during the 1950s and 1960s. (more…)