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Uranium truck incident in Kakadu shows the dangers of the nuclear industry, again

 

The Australian Greens say yesterday's incident involving a uranium-loaded truck in Kakadu National Park once again illustrates the risks inherent in the expansion of the uranium industry.

 

Greens spokesperson for nuclear affairs, Senator Scott Ludlam, said a truck carrying yellowcake from Ranger mine to East Arm Wharf for export became bogged on the side of the Arnhem Highway while carrying two shipping containers filled with drums of uranium.

 

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Greens support Traditional Owners in Kakadu National Park expansion

The Australian Greens are calling on the Federal Government to listen to Traditional Owners and reincorporate the Koongarra lease into Kakadu National Park, to prevent uranium mining at the site once and for all.

"French nuclear giant Areva has held the Koongarra lease for many years: its time now to admit that it should never be mined," Greens Senator Scott Ludlam, spokesperson on nuclear issues said today.

"Senior Traditional Owners have made the request to Environment Minister Peter Garrett, and have the support of the Northern Land Council.

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Uranium contamination from Kakadu mine 5400 times background

 

Environmental regulators for the office of the Supervising Scientist admitted to a Senate Estimates committee today that water with uranium concentrations 5400 times background and a cocktail of other radionuclides are seeping from beneath the tailings dam at the Ranger Uranium Mine in Kakadu National Park.

 

The Office of the Supervising Scientist acknowledged to Australian Greens Senator Scott Ludlam that the contamination was occurring, and said that the estimated amount of 100,000 litres per day was based on modelling and not measurement.

 

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