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NT Reducing Risk Nuclear Industry

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Published on April 23, 2008

Author: Carlotto

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Uranium mining, processing, transport & waste disposal industries in the NT :  Uranium mining, processing, transport & waste disposal industries in the NT Reducing the Risk: What are we in the NT doing? MAPW Alice Springs 2007 Mining : are existing environmental policies & safeguards adequate?:  Mining : are existing environmental policies & safeguards adequate? Existing NT uranium mines Ranger, Jabiluka: discrepancies between regulations/monitoring & outcomes NT environmental safeguards: captive to the needs of industry? McArthur River Lead/Zinc Mine 2006/07 NT has a poor record on mine rehab Rum Jungle uranium mine 1954/71 Redbank copper mine 1993/96 Mt. Todd gold mine 1994/97, 1999/00 Olympic Dam Uranium and Copper Mine at Roxby Downs SA: an instructive case:  Olympic Dam Uranium and Copper Mine at Roxby Downs SA: an instructive case Controversial since 1975 Bypass of existing legislation Environmental impacts Water use from Gt Artesian Basin, Mound Springs Safety impacts Tailings maintenance; Numerous incidents & spills Miners exposed No monitoring at Roxby Cultural impacts Transport of nuclear materials – is it safe?:  Transport of nuclear materials – is it safe? Recent transport accidents: Ghan derailment Dec 06 Road train cyanide spill Feb 07 Nuclear waste transport issues Packaging Training for handling Accidental contamination Preventing diversion LLW no special shielding move by road/rail/sea in 200 litre drums ILW shielding, & if >30 yr ½ life => improved handling and disposal HLW both shielding and cooling Counter-disaster planning in the NT: Is it adequate?:  Counter-disaster planning in the NT: Is it adequate? NT Chemical, Biological and Radiological Disaster Response Plan is a ‘controlled document’ Focused on terrorism, not accidents Dealing with hysteria? Monitoring of populations potentially at risk from nuclear industry development ?:  Monitoring of populations potentially at risk from nuclear industry development ? Populations exposed to nuclear bomb testing French Polynesia – Maralinga and Fangatuafa atolls Australian Maralinga vets study NZ Operation Grapple vets study NT Study: Aboriginal people living near Ranger uranium mine No follow-up research NT Cancer Registry? Not adequate/ focused What’s needed?:  What’s needed? [well, stopping any expansion of nuclear industries…] Procedures – rigor, transparency and accountability – is that enough? Mining, transport, processing…. handling, education, packaging…. Counter-disaster planning – a public discourse? Health monitoring – start now?

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