Arkaroola Sanctuary: Uranium Mining OK, but not in our backyard!
See The Mining and Milling Process and IEER Factsheet | Uranium (below)
Doug and Margaret Sprigg involved in the ongoing saga, in trying to prevent Marathon Resources mining uranium on their lease on traditional Adnyamathanha land at Arkaroola in the Flinders Ranges, have joined with Professor Ian and Mrs Maja Sainaish-Plimer in donating private funding to support and promote uranium on traditional aboriginal lands and sacred sites, in conjuntion with sponsorship from Arkaroola Wilderness Sanctuary, Heathgate Resouces, Areva, Pepinini and Petratherm.
The name chosen for the marketing gadget is The Cloud Chamber Project . The device portrays that uranium is harmless and clean, particulary as an end product.
Leading sponsors Arkaroola Sanctuary’s Marg and Doug Sprigg have included this statement below their sponsorship logo.
“Today one of the largest uranium resources in the world (Olympic Dam) is located in South Australia, and the State is also home to the Beverley Uranium Mine which uses state-of-the-art in-situ leach mining technology…….
Now the time is right for responsible and balanced public education in relation to radioactivity, the uranium fuel cycle and hot rock energy.
Arkaroola Wilderness Sanctuary proudly supports this innovative project at the South Australian Museum“. www.arkaroola.com.au
Parallel: pleasant code names – Cloud, Kitten, Tims, Vixen, Rats!
On 25 March 2003 Mr Anthony Albanese responded to Ministerial Statements regarding the Maralinga Nuclear Test Sites …..
“It is with a considerable sense of sadness that I respond to the statement of the Minister for Science on the Maralinga Rehabilitation Technical Advisory Committee report, Rehabilitation of former nuclear test sites at Emu and Maralinga.
In 1954, at the height of the Cold War, Prime Minister Menzies agreed to the British request for a permanent site to test nuclear weapons. Seven [?] atomic bombs were detonated at Maralinga during 1956 and 1957, and a number of trials were undertaken, codenamed with very pleasant names: Kittens, Tims, Rats and Vixen.
This was a political decision by a government that was subservient to the British government, and today there are parallels, with the Australian government being once again subservient to the decisions of a foreign power………the subservience that the Menzies government showed to its British masters had dire consequences for Australia.
The Vixen trials were particularly ruthless, scattering radiotoxic plutonium over the desert to simulate accidental damage done to nuclear weapons from fire, explosion and accidental detonation…….”
The flat transparent Pandora-like box (Cloud Chamber) is filled with gas and radioactive rays (Alpha and Beta) that leave a trail of condensate visible to the human eye in the same way that a high altitude jet leaves a vapour trail in the atmosphere. It safely allows you to see radioactivity in action.
The white tracks in the chamber are from a variety of sources, including cosmic radiation hitting the chamber after travelling through the Earth’s atmosphere, decay of radon gas originating from small quantities of uranium contained in the museum’s walls and radiation from grains of radioactive minerals placed inside the chamber.
A public display of the radiation sample box is at the South Australian Museum
URANIUM: THE MINING AND MILLING PROCESS
Hazards for miners, water, future when taking uranium from its NATURAL ENVIRONMENT
The most serious health hazard associated with uranium mining is lung cancer due to inhaling uranium decay products.
Uranium mill tailings contain radioactive materials, notably radium-226, and heavy metals (e.g., manganese and molybdenum) which can leach into groundwater.
Near tailings piles, water samples have shown levels of some contaminants at hundreds of times the [US] government’s acceptable level for drinking water.
Indigenous people and communities are most affected
Mining and milling operations in the U.S. have disproportionately affected indigenous populations around the globe. For example, nearly one third of all mill tailings from abandoned mill operations are on lands of the Navajo nation alone.
Many Native Americans have died of lung cancers linked to their work in uranium mines. Others continue to suffer the effects of land and water contamination due to seepage and spills from tailings piles.
Uranium and associated decay products thorium-230 and radium-226 will remain hazardous for thousands of years.
Current U.S. regulations, however, cover a period of 1,000 years for mill tailings and at most 500 years for “low-level” radioactive waste. This means that future generations – far beyond those promised protection by these regulations will likely face significant risks from uranium mining, milling, and processing activities. Source: IEER Factsheet | Uranium
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