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The week in nuclear news

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Japan disrupted by a large earthquake.with shocks near Kashiwazaki-Kariwa nuclear plant, with its 7 reactors, now still offline. TEPCO gives up on freezing radioactive water –   fails to halt toxic water inflow at Fukushima No. 1 trenches. Japan passes legislation to remove nuclear waste from Fukushima – but implementation will be very problematic.  Japan’s Nuclear Regulator says earthquake fault under Tsuruga nuclear reactor is active.

UK.  Top atomic energy proponent, Sir David King, calls for  renewable energy and energy storage as priority,suggests these as a better future energy source.  Shareholder crisis brings more doubts about UK’s Hinkley Point C nuclear plant’s future. UK government secretly questioning whether Hinkley Point C nuclear power project will even go ahead at all.  Delay after delay , and soaring coasts, for Britain’s new nuclear build plans. Demonstrations against transport of nuclear fuel   The nuclear weapons establishment buys academia

Iran. The tortuous, but very urgent diplomacy of reaching  a nuclear deal with Iran. 

USA. Legal action by Washington State over Hanford nuclear site vapors.  Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s chief warns that Commission is not geared for needs of decommissioning.  Nuclear power promoter Dept of Energy (DOE)  to run research into health effects of radiation?

France. Drone flights near France’s nuclear reactors raise security problems . In gloomy economic situation nuclear giant AREVA “suspends” its financial outlook for 2015 and 2016.     2015 the deadline  for EDF to start closing nuclear reactors in France. EDF’s nuclear power plants Flamanville and Olkiluoto delayed yet again.

CanadaNorthern Quebec Cree Nation run  a determined campaign against uranium exploration and mining.

Cyber security. Pro nuclear trolls are targeting anti-nuclear activists 

November 24, 2014 Posted by | Christina's notes | Leave a comment

This week – G20, Climate, Nuclear News

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Legal matters.  Judge rules nuclear reactors causing thyroid cancers    Judge adds General Electric, EBASCO, Toshiba and Hitachi as defendants in nuclear radiation case

Fukushima: Japan has chosen to incinerate tons of radioactive waste.  TEPCO removes second canopy panel covering nuclear reactor.  Fukushima radioactivity detected of West Coast of USA.  New book Fukushima: Dispossession or Denuclearization?

Germany Anti-nuclear activists held up a train carrying uranium for conversion to nuclear fuel, and organise an international  meeting to oppose  uranium transport hosted by SOFA Münster.

Syria. Five nuclear engineers murdered – by Israel?

France. Mysterious drone flights still going on above nuclear power plants.

Iran nuclear talks struggle on – may continue beyond the deadline of November 24 . Meanwhile Russia ramps up its nuclear marketing pitch to Iran.

South Africa.  China joins the throng trying to flog off nuclear reactors to South Africa. South Africa’s nuclear dealskept secret from Cabinet and Treasury!

Bolivia. 56 prominent individuals across the globe write to oppose nuclear energy for Bolivia

USA. weakens environmental radiation safety standards.  Tax-payer money invested in dodgy new nuclear gimmick ,Power Reactor Innovative Small Module (PRISM)   Note how these days they leave out that nasty word “nuclear”.Renewable energy threatened as  Republicans take over in the Senate   Thorium – no prospects as an energy source, but China might use it for weapons

UK. Raised incidence of cancers and birth defects in families of British veterans of nuclear bomb tests

 

November 12, 2014 Posted by | Christina's notes | Leave a comment

Snippets of nuclear news this week

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Radiation – new report on danger to young people in risk of brain tumours and leukemia. Aggressive Thyroid Cancers also linked to Radiation Exposure

Japan. Completion of Rokkasho nuclear fuel reprocessing plant postponed for the 21st time due to safety considerations. radioactive cesium detected in pregnant woman in Matsudo city.  Japanese doctors intimidated about connecting cancers, illnesses to Fukushima radiation.

Fukushima clean-up. Removal of melted fuel from No 1 reactor postponed.  Groundwater level rising around the crippled nuclear reactors.

Taiwan wants ‘radiation-free’ certificates for tea and other foodstuffs from Japan.

China: Financial risks of China’s nuclear power programme are examined.

USA. Decommissioning of San Onofre nuclear power plant – a sobering example of the huge cost and time taken .  Nuclear power gets privileged status in US universities. In the interests of the nuclear industry, both USA and Russia try to block European nuclear  safety standards. 

UK: fears on the safety of Sellafield’s decaying nuclear fuel storage pools.  Nuclear thorium lobby buys its way into UK university.

France: numerous mystery flyovers of drone aircraft over nuclear power plants

November 4, 2014 Posted by | Christina's notes | Leave a comment

USA’s nuclear lobby buys universities – Cambridge UK is the latest, touting thorium

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The nuclear industry has a grip on USA’s Department of Energy (DOE) – they work together to promote nuclear power. It’s not hard to find academics who will pretty much advertise nuclear power- especially nuclear physicists and engineers. After all, where else will they get a high-paying prestigious job?

A global tactic of DOE is buying academia. Universities like the funding. We have some of this funding in Australia, at Flinders University, for example.

The latest from the UK is Cambridge University  – very happy indeed to be funded by USA to promote the pipe-dream of thorium nuclear powered reactors – as “safer nuclear power”.  Note that it’s not “safe” nuclear power – just a bit less dangerous than conventional uranium-powered nuclear power. And considerably more dangerous that wind or solar power, of course.

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http://www.cambridge-news.co.uk/Cambridge-University-team-fuels-bid-safer-nuclear/story-23659365-detail/story.html#ixzz3HZZfeTUX

October 29, 2014 Posted by | Christina's notes | 1 Comment

The week in nuclear news

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Japan. Authorities exercise tight control over public meetings held to persuade communities to back nuclear power.

Fukushima – Recent typhoon caused big increase in radioactive releases
USA . New nuclear build cannot go ahead without reactor licenses, which must comply with Atomic Energy Act. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s new Generic Environmental Impact Statement (GEIS) is not likely to meet the requirements of the Act, in relation to waste disposal. New legal action can be expected, to contest the GEIS.
Federal judge upholds the ban on uranium mining near the Grand Canyon.
New book by Julian Assange  When Google Met WikiLeaks examines Google’s role in USA ‘s surveillance operations.
UK – approval from EU for UK’s Hinkley nuclear project is not well received by economists, as well as by environmentalists. The Hinkley project is by no means a done deal.
Anniversary of Windscale nuclear accident last week. Information on this accident now declassified.
Radioactive waste transport ship catches fire. drifts off course – oil rig crew evacuated.
New book  The Prostitute State – How Britain’s Democracy Has Been Bought describes how the nuclear industry hasbought Britain’s politicians
Canada’s Nuclear Safety Commission orders potassium iodide tablets and emergency instructions to be given to all residents in the range of eight to 16 kilometres of a nuclear power plant, and pills ready for an 80-kilometre zone kept at nuclear plants.
South Africasecret deals with nuclear industries of Russia and France have got the government into a political mess.
South Korea –  City of Samcheok votes NO to nuclear power
Czech Republic US-Japanese company Westinghouse Electric Company pretty desperate to sell nuclear reactors, is adopting thenuke lobby’s new strategy of financing the purchase. Westinghouse pays now, the nation pays up forever afterwards.
Iran. With all that’s going on in the Middle East, the need for reconciliation with Iran is now urgent

October 13, 2014 Posted by | Christina's notes | Leave a comment

In brief: Nuclear and Climate News

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Climate Change. The People’s Climate March in New York, and in cities world-wide was a huge success. Political leaders also gathered at UN for the climate Change meeting.  BUT – a note of caution. The very powerful nuclear lobbyimmediately  used mainstream media to push nuclear as the climate solution. And – worse – President Obama’s proposed carbon rules count nuclear power as a clean, low-carbon energy option, and include subsidies, incentives and financial backstops for nuclear power.

Big businesses are becoming aware of the need for climate action. Rockefellers are dumping oil and investing in renewables.  Still the Koch brothers use their massive wealth against climate action, and the fossil fuel utilities fight back, with successful lobbying.

Japan. It‘s doubtful that Japan’s nuclear reactors will ever restart.

Fukushima. Secrecy and poor working conditions in the nuclear plant cleanup.  TEPCO dumps their failed plan for an ice wall to contain radiation. The radioactive waste problem in the prefecture persists, clean-up  is slow and very expensive.

USA. Obama raises the permissable levels of radiation in drinking water!  Is USA again using depleted uranium weapons in Middle East?

Russia  – with the Ukraine crisis, things are getting messy in regard to Russia’s nuclear export business in Europe.

Finland. doing a murky deal with Russia’s nuclear corporation Rosatom – secret, full of problems, and may never be completed.

South Africa. Lots of problems in the government’s secret nuclear deal with Russia.

New book. Crisis Without End , Much awaited report  from the 2013 New York Symposium The Medical and Ecological Consequences of the Fukushima Nuclear Catastrophe

September 29, 2014 Posted by | Christina's notes | Leave a comment

Nuke news this week

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Japan.  the Nuclear Regulatory Agency is standing firm on the need to close the  Tsuruga nuclear reactor that is sited above an active earthquake fault. They are also pushing to permanently close a quarter of Japan’s 48 ageing nuclear reactors. Meanwhile, Japan is reluctant to sign up a nuclear technology deal with India,as there is no certainty that India will not use this to make weapons.  Another pesky woman speaking up when she shouldn’t? Akie Abe, wife of P.M, has once again politely voiced her opposition to nuclear power.

Russia. In the heat of the Ukraine conflict, one Russian general is pushing for Russia to adopt a pre-emptive nuclear strike policy. (America already has that policy)

Ukraine. Well, at the moment there’s a pause in conflict between separatists and Ukraine government. It is on the cards that peace will break out. For one thing, war is  just too damn dangerous: Ukraine has 15 nuclear reactors, including Europe’s largest nuclear power plant. Imagine the radioactive pollution of Europe that would result if rockets or bombs happened to hit Ukraine’s nukes!

Planet Earth.  I have got tired of concentrating on the nuclear issue. It’s just one symptom, the worst though, of the human specie’s trashing of the planet. Geologists are saying that we are in a new Epoch – the Anthropocene Age. We have indeed changed the planet, and we’d better do something about it, before the human species joins the mass of other extinctions that it has caused.

September 7, 2014 Posted by | Christina's notes | 2 Comments

Scrutiny on the methods of pro Thorium Twitter trolls

A recent article analysed the illogicality, if not downright dishonesty of the climate sceptic trolls. http://www.businessspectator.com.au/article/2014/8/20/policy-politics/what-i-learned-debating-science-trolls
I welcomed that article with interest, as it dissected the often quite sophisticated comments, blogs, tweets, etc of the climate denialists, most of them well and truly in the pay of vested interests in the fossil fuel industries.
The nuclear lobby is no doubt just as sophisticated. However, it has a sort of “side arsenal” of tweeters, mainly focusing on the red herring industry of thorium energy, Liquid Fluoride Thorium Reactors (LFTRs and Small Modular (Nuclear) Reactors. (Note how these new geewhiz lobbyists leave out that tainted word “Nuclear” )
It’s interesting to look at their tactics – particularly on Twitter.
I am constantly the victim of Twitter trollism because I campaign against the nuclear industry. It is ironic that these trolls use climate change as their argument for nuclear power, – and accuse me constantly of being in the pay of the coal and gas companies. That’s despite the fact that I repeatedly write and publish on websites on the critical need for action to address climate change
The pro nuclear trolls use two tactics.
 The main one is to abuse and discredit their targeted person. Thus I am not only “in the pay” of the fossil fuel industries, I am also a “murderer” – as well as being “stupid” “evil” ignorant” and have many other unpleasant attributes.
Their second tactic is to focus on narrowly technical matters - such as the intricacies of new (though not yet existing) Liquid Fluoride Thorium Reactors (LFTRs). The pretense is that this is the whole argument – the superiority of new nuclear technology. Subjects such as economics, ecology, public health, civil liberties, – these matters are “not relevant” to the discussion on nuclear power.
In fact, only people with technical expertise can have a valid opinion. (Of course if a technically qualified person should oppose nuclear power , then he or she must be “in the pay” of the fossil fuel industries).

Here are today’s samples of pro thorium tweeter tactics against critics – me, in fact. No attempt to answer the factual tweets that I posted about renewable energy versus nuclear power (My full name is Noel Christina Macpherson Wauchope)
Thomas Huxley @thjr19Notice how fossil fuel shill Noel Wauchope only mentions say coal (NEVER mentioning gas) perhaps once in a dozen tweets. $$$$$$ !! #thorium

Thomas Huxley @thjr19

Noel Wauchope: Please! Fossil Fuel Shill Manager: No! NW: Please! FFSM: OK, every 2nd tweet. NO MORE, hear me

Thomas Huxley @thjr19

Noel Wauchope, fossil fuel industry shill, has been told to lay off coal. How long to get permission again?!

 

August 23, 2014 Posted by | Christina's notes, spinbuster | Leave a comment

This week’s nuclear news

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Nuclear targets. With international heightened tension over Ukraine, Iraq, Gaza, Syria – the dangers of nuclear war and nuclear terrorism increase, which is why attention should be going to the risks posed by all nuclear facilities – as targets for terrorism, whether it be by missiles, bombs, computer malaware, external or internal sabotage. http://nuclear-news.net/

I note that a Belgian nuclear reactor has just been shut down until next year, due to sabotage. In UK 3 French made nuclear reactors have been shut down, due to design flaws, raising questions on the safety of France’s own EDF -made nuclear reactors.

Japan: Hiroshima and Nagasaki Mayors made their moving Peace Statements on the anniversaries of the atomic bombings. For  a variety of reasons, the nuclear power restart is just not happening.

Fukushima: New research is revealing the harmful consequences to plants and animals, of the Chernobyl and Fukushima radiation.  Dissolved radioactive particles have bound to organic matter, meaning that they could be long-lived in the environment, and in the food chain.  The release of radioactive water from the crippled reactors remains uncontrollable. Meanwhile, it is found that Japan is still exporting some “hot ” cars.

USA. In the month when we recall Hiroshima and Nagasaki, a respected nuclear weapons expert spoke out against nuclear weapons proliferation, and was promptly sacked. So much for freedom of speech in the nuclear culture.

UK.  Scotland’s referendum (18 September) -on independence  will decide whether or not the Trident missile system base stays in Scotland. Moving it would add somewhat to its multi-billion pound cost, but is affordable, and would remove a dangerous target from Scotland.

Small Modular Nuclear Reactors (SMRs) - a new report shows them to be a financial boondoggle - costing even more than large reactors.

August 17, 2014 Posted by | Christina's notes | Leave a comment

Nuclear news snippets this week

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Ukraine I cannot yet find information on what the airline tragedy might mean  for nuclear power in Ukraine – and sanctions perhaps on Russia.

Iraq. ISIS insurgents seize nuclear materials

USA  – Radiation Safety Standards The Environment Protection Austhority (EPA)  is calling for comments on its planned update of  “Environmental Radiation Protection Standards for Nuclear Power Operations.”   The nuclear lobby is of course very keen to weaken those standards. Sophiticated and disingenuous arguments are being pushed towards that aim.  This is  acomplcated and difficult matter. I would hope that the EPA is concerned first for the public, and second for the nuclear industry, but I doubt this.

Japan. Even with safety clearance Japan’s nuclear reactors might not restartBig protest in Tokyo against nuclear restart.

Fukushima.   Now  available first hand witness: The Yoshida Testimony. The Fukushima Nuclear accident as told by plant manager Masao Yoshida   The ice wall plan to stop leakage of radioactive water is not working

TEPCO workers leaving Fukushima for better paid, clean, safe jobs in solar energy projects. $1 billion in loans for Japan’s solar energy.

Iran Diplomacy struggles on, as the nuclear talks between Iran and the West are extended until November

Renewable Energy. International Renewable Energy Agency estimates that there are now 6.5 direct and indirect jobs in renewable energy.     10 top USA corporations call for renewable energy

July 19, 2014 Posted by | Christina's notes | Leave a comment

Today’s tweet attacks from pro Thorium Nuclear trolls

For your entertainment? nuclear-lobby-&-critcsThese tweets are in response to news items that I have tweeted about problems with thorium nuclear reactors, and the benefits of renewable energy. These pro thorium tweeters make no attempt to answer that information. Their response is to repeatedly attack me personally.  But in my opinion not very intelligently. I note that they use sexist and ageist language and pictures. (The pictures are taken ftom ny own graphics, but changed so as to insult me. I wouldn’t bother about all this – but I think it is good to expose the nuclear lobby’s tactics.

 

It seems that Noel Wauchope, MURDERER has a thick skin. Well take note, you will be exposed for what you ar
This is the crime Noel Wauchope is guilty of. NO! to her #GrannyFUD! Stop the MURDERING of the Japanese people [ ??? Editors exclamation]

Look carefully at Noel wauchope’s DISHONEST tweets “It rained today. I got wet. No to #thorium” Really?!

That the person Noel Wauchope is MURDERING with her FUD was NOT exposed to #thorium is irrelevant to this DISHONEST person!

Noel Wauchope is STUPID. Using the MOST EXPENSIVE #nuclear power plant as reference, German solar is STILL 4 times as expensive! #thorium  

Noel Wauchope is not more a critic of #nuclear power than my dog. All she has to offer is IGNORANT BIGOTRY!

Be carefiul of Noel Wauchope. Kills Japanese with glee [ ??? Editors exclamation] but cries boohoo when exposed. NO TO HER DISHONESTY!

Let’s be clear: Noel Wauchope aka @ChristinaMac1 is a Fossil Fuel Industry shill. People have died because of her actions.[ again ???]

Noel Wauchope cannot read let alone understand Science. Her IGNORANT BIGOTRY is all she has. STOP the #GrannyFUD!

brendan @totterdell91 Bwhahaha Noel Wauchopes sock puppets constantly defame everyone else, then have the hide to whine #whataloaofcockycrap #thorium

July 17, 2014 Posted by | Christina's notes | 4 Comments

Pro Thorium Twitter Trolls cannot stand any criticism

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Christina Macpherson’s websites & blogs

I suppose I should be feeling flattered, finding myself the subject of abuse from the nuclear lobby, in the same way as
nuclear-lobby-put-downthe well known and highly regarded Dr Helen Caldicott and Dr Chris Busby.

Nevertheless, I find their constant abuse rather tiresome.

I note that   @thjr19 was the Twitter address of a John Randall. When I reported John Randall to Twitter for abuse – his tweets then stopped. Now there’s a Thomas Huxley tweeting abuse about me on that same Twitter address.

For the record, my real name is  Noel Christina Clare Wauchope. I blog at http://www.noelwauchope.wordpress.com

I use the name  Christina Macpherson (and  ChristinaMac1 as Twitter address)  I am particularly worried about the big con going on in favour of Thorium nuclear reactors.  To tweet specifically on that pont, I use the Twitter name  Clare Egan @NoThorium

Like this website – none of my efforts get any funding from anybody.  But that doesn’t stop the the Thorium Twitter Trolls from repeatedly accusing me of being paid by the coal, gas, oil lobbies.

Here are just a few of today’s samples of their efforts – they make these in response to my tweets about the costs, safety, and waste problems of thorium nuclear reactors.  Note the sexism and ageism :

 

Noel Wauchope cannot read let alone understand Science. Her IGNORANT BIGOTRY is all she has. STOP the #GrannyFUD!

All Noel Wauchope can come up with is lies, misdirection. strawmen and IGNORANT BIGOTRY. Stop the #GrannyFUD

Thomas Huxley @thjr19   12 July    Let’s be clear: Noel Wauchope aka @ChristinaMac1 is a Fossil Fuel Industry shill. People have died because of her actions. #nuclear #thorium

Has Noel Wauchope no shame? Exposed as a shill for the Fossil Fuel Industries, she persists in spreading her despicable FUD. NO! #thorium

Tweeple, beware Noel Wauchope & her sock puppets Paid by the Fossil Fuel Indurstries to spread FUD No to shills! #nuclear #uranium #thorium

Tweets on the #thorium hash tag feed from Noel Wauchope aka @ChristinaMac1 aka @NoThorium but NO attempt made 2 disguise she shills for FFIs

 brendan @totterdell91     #thorium no wonder Noel Wauchope uses #sockpuppets no one would want those tweets linked with their real identity #auspol #climate #nuclear

July 13, 2014 Posted by | Christina's notes | 1 Comment

THIS WEEK in nuclear news

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Fukushima. A new critical problem – as the cooling system at nuclear fuel pool 5 is not working.

USA. Wisconsin town faces economic disaster, with the closing of  Kewaunee nuclear power plant, and the prospect of 60 years of clean-up – the first of many tons to have to cope with the nuclear power aftermath.  As USA’s nuclear industry declines, renewed efforts to beat China, Russia, France, South Korea, in selling nukes to Vietnam.

Underground danger, and continuing radiation release from USA’s crippled Waste Isolation Pilot Project (WIPP) in New Mexico

Escalation in nuclear armed submarines, their $100 billion costs now amplified with associated costs to $347 billion.

 UK.  Quakers speak out against Trident nuclear missile program. The proud Scottish  peaceniks, of the 32 years’ campaign to shut down Trident nuclear weapons, renew their  drive, in view of the coming referendum on Scotland’s independence.   Did you know that Last March, two Peace Campers, Heather Stewart and Jamie Watson, broke into the naval base and climbed on board a nuclear powered Astute submarine?  That feat of civil disobedience did not get into the news, did it?  A security failure too, wasn’t it?

National Archives release  a chilling list of nuclear targets in the cold war – perhaps the same targets today?

Ukraine. Continued conflicts there raise a very real danger of attack or accident to their 19 nuclear power plants.

India did  a very bad nuclear deal with USA, Russia and France, in order to engage in international nuclear commerce, despite  its status as a nuclear weapons state outside the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. Indian govt is nowcriminalising  nuclear and environmental dissent. 

July 9, 2014 Posted by | Christina's notes | Leave a comment

This week in nuclear and climate news

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Japan. A high proportion of deformities in migratory birds.  Nuclear-news ‘ own co-editor, Sean arclight-SmMcGee, exposes the pro nuclear publicity campaign by Toyota, and Ogilvy and Mather, to discredit the scientific research on this.

Japan’s restart of nuclear power is far from  a done deal, as municipalities object,  and evacuation plans are inadequate. P.M Abe is ignoring public opinion, and stiff opposition to nuclear power.   Meanwhile, Japan’s nuclear utilities are mired in problems. In energy policy, it is apparent that Germany is now  winner, and Japan on a losing trajectory

Germany is achieving record levels of energy from solar and wind power (74% on one day) The State of  Schleswig-Holstein is close to 100% renewable energy, from starting just 8 years ago.

Fukushima  Japan Gov’t-funded Study: Fukushima has released up to 120 Quadrillion becquerels of radioactive cesium into North Pacific Ocean — Does not include amounts that fell on land — Exceeds Chernobyl total, which accounts for releases deposited on land AND ocean. Plutonium has been found in soil around Fukushima, including in a children’s playground.

India, with 4 big projects going, is on the way to a  renewable energy revolution.  India struggles to find a way toinsure nuclear power plants, as France renews its nuclear sales pitch to India. But at home, France adopts a vigourous pro renewable energy policy, and downgrading of nuclear power.

Climate Change. USA  In what might be a very important precedent  A federal judge has blocked a coal project in the wilds of Colorado because federal agencies failed to consider the future global-warming damages from burning fossil fuels.

Renewable Energy  records set in California and Texas 

July 3, 2014 Posted by | Christina's notes | Leave a comment

Australia special: Aborigines win out against nuclear waste dump plan

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Well, for a few weeks, the Australian media has been happily occupied titillating us all with matters legal – the court cases of Oscar Pistorius and of Rolf Harris.

Meanwhile barely noted by the media, a 7 year legal battle was over this week –  one that has far more significance for all Australians. And especially for indigenous Australians.

The  Aboriginal Traditional Landowners of the Muckaty station area, (Northern Territory)  fought against nuclear waste dumping on their land, and following the last weeks of this case, that plan has been scrapped. It has been a very unequal fight, yet those proud indigenous people have won out, against the legal forces of the Australian Government, and the Northern Land Council, which first signed up to  the dump plan.

Background. The global nuclear lobby is happy to have a research reactor at Lucas Heights, in Sydney. This reactor was envisaged, way back, after World War 2 as part of a push to get a nuclear bomb.  It remains there as a way in for the nuclear industry in Australia. The medical isotope production was tacked on later – to make the reactor look more respectable, but medical isotopes can be made in alternative ways.  Australia sent the high level nuclear reactor wastes overseas is legally bound to take them back.

2004   The Australian government first attempted to site a nuclear waste dump in South Australia, but South Australia resisted this and won. A Territory has less power and that is why the Government  targeted the Northern Territory. The Northern Territory Government passed the Nuclear Waste Transport , Storage and Disposal Prohibition Act 2004

2005 . A government expert team investigated and selected 3 sites suitable for burial of the returned high level nuclear wastes. All of these sites were on Commonwealth land.  The Muckaty area, which is seismically risky, as well as being on Aboriginal land, was not selected.  Nevertheless, the Howard Liberal government passed a draconian Commonwealth Radioactive Waste Management Act 2005 , over-riding environmental and Aboriginal heritage laws, and State and Territory laws and selecting Muckaty for the site

2010. The Labor government repealed that Act in 2010, and promptly replaced it with an equally draconion Radioactive Waste Management Act 2010.

The medical waste deception. The argument that a Northern Territory  waste dump is needed for medical wastes is disingenuous.  “Waste from nuclear medicine procedures, the majority of which is for diagnostic services rather than treatment, is low level and short term waste can be stored on site and safely disposed of locally.  The small amount of higher level waste from nuclear medicine can also be stored locally, as it is currently” -Public Health Association of Australia,

The future. The relatively small amount of high level waste from the Lucas Heights reactor could be stored at Lucas Heights, and the reactor could be shut down, to stop further toxic production. The Australian government, lik ethe rest of the world, does not know where to put the ever accumulating collection of radioactive trash.

My bet is that our not very bright, and totally unethical government will try it on Aboriginal people again – with blackmail or bribes – ‘whatever it takes’.

aboriginal-issues

 

June 20, 2014 Posted by | AUSTRALIA, Christina's notes, indigenous issues | Leave a comment

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