Chernobyl, Fukashima, Three Mile Island, were accidents, Hiroshima, Nagasaki, Mururoa Attol, Maralinga, Afghanistan, the Balkans, Libya, North Africa and Iraq were deliberate, all resulted in nuclear contamination. Nuclear contamination is difficult if not impossible to contain; prevailing weather patterns move the atomised radioactive particles around the globe. Great swathes of land are becoming sterile, mutated; including flora and fauna, from dysfunctional nuclear reactors and Depleted Uranium Munitions used since the first Gulf War in 1990-91.
Much of the damage emanates from Australia, having some of the largest uranium deposits in the world. The Labor Government has traditionally been conservative about uranium mining, nuclear power and who buys our uranium but things are changing and Julia Gillard warmed to the idea of uranium trade with India. The sale of uranium to India is controversial and India’s own auditor-general is concerned about the safety of their plants as is India’s neighbour Sri Lanka. The Indian Government assures their plants are safe, as did the Japanese Government while Fukashima was in meltdown. India is hoping to further negotiations with Tony Abbott.
Now, with the recent developments with ISIS in Iraq, Abbott has mused about sending troops there if they are needed. Given that Doug Rokke Ph.D. (more from Doug in a later posting), called Iraq a toxic wasteland, in no small part due to depleted uranium, what could our troops be exposed to after even more contamination since ‘Desert Storm’? Could it be a legacy of Australian uranium mining?
In the meantime the anti-nuclear protestors have had a major win regarding the Mackuty Nuclear Waste Dump proposal on Traditional Land. However, this fight is a moveable feast and will no doubt have to be re-fought at a different location in the not too distant future
Broadcast: 20/03/2013 Reporter: Michael Edwards
As talks over the sale of Australian uranium to India begin, questions are being asked about the safety of India’s nuclear industry. Full transcript read more …