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Nuclear Fuel Cycle Royal Commission Press Conference

Unabridged recording of the press conference held 24 July 2015 by the Nuclear Fuel Cycle Royal Commission. Commissioner Kevin Scarce discussed his recent international visits then took questions from the press gang and the Commission’s Adelaide office on Grenfell Street.

Submission to the Nuclear Fuel Cycle Royal Commission

I begin my submission to the Nuclear Fuel Cycle Royal Commission by posting an article which I wrote for the Australian Medical Student Journal, which outlines in some detail the medical implications of the whole nuclear fuel chain. The impact of the nuclear crisis on global health Due to my personal concerns regarding the ignorance …

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Resources

There are many ways you can make a stand and actively help to save our world. The organisations and groups below offer resources and support in different ways. Many have a specific focus, whether that’s geographic, membership, aims or activities. Click on the links in the list below to jump straight to that organisation’s details, …

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The truth about nuclear power — neither clean nor green

By Helen Caldicott, Independent Australia, 26 February 2021 AN ENORMOUS AMOUNT of fossil fuel is used to mine and mill uranium, to enrich and fashion the nuclear fuel rods, to build the enormous concrete reactor, let alone decommission the radioactive mausoleum at the end of its active life of 40-60 years. Finally, but not least, …

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Small modular reactors — same nuclear disasters

Helen Caldicott, Independent Australia, 9 September 2019 The Morrison Government has opened the door to the notion of nuclear power as peddled by the nuclear sociopaths. Now that the “nuclear renaissance” seems dead and buried following the Fukushima catastrophe (one-sixth of the world’s nuclear reactors were closed after the accident), the corporations invested in making nuclear plants and …

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How doctors convinced the world the planet was worth fighting for

James Dunk, The Conversation, 26 August 2019 Last week, one of the world’s leading medical journals declared the medical community must act now to limit the health effects of climate change. In a stark editorial, readers of the New England Journal of Medicine were reminded that hospitals, even airconditioned and sterilised, are not protected from “the environmental …

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What’s more chilling: watching Chernobyl or cogitating the cost of going nuclear?

The sudden push by the Murdoch media and Coalition right-wingers to overturn Australia’s nuclear power ban ignores the chilling economic cost —  huge public subsidies, storing radioactive waste for thousands of years, the heavy costs of decommissioning and, potentially, radiation-related health costs. Veteran nuclear writer Noel Wauchope reports on the popular TV series, Chernobyl, and …

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Fukushima: “An Ongoing Global Radiological Catastrophe”. “A Huge Coverup”.

The eight year anniversary of the triple meltdowns at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear facility passed mostly without comment in mainstream media circles. In spite of ongoing radiological contamination that will continue to spread and threaten human health for lifetimes to come, other stories dominate the international news cycle. The climate change conundrum, serious though it …

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The Fukushima nuclear meltdown continues unabated

Dr Helen Caldicott, explains recent robot photos taken of Fukushima’s Daiichi nuclear reactors: radiation levels have not peaked, but have continued to spill toxic waste into the Pacific Ocean — but it’s only now the damage has been photographed. RECENT reporting of a huge radiation measurement at Unit 2 in the Fukushima Daichi reactor complex does not signify that …

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Time for Premier Jay Weatherill to Dump the Dump

Regarding plans to import nuclear waste to South Australia, Friends of the Earth Australia notes that the Community Views Report released today is overwhelmingly negative and calls on SA Premier Jay Weatherill to abandon the proposal. Key findings of the Community Views Report are noted below. The Community Views Report follows major developments over the …

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Anti-nuclear pioneer Helen Caldicott slams SA waste dump plans

A pioneer of Australia’s anti-nuclear movement has described the final report from South Australia’s Nuclear Fuel Cycle Royal Commission as a “snow job”. The report says plans for a high- to intermediate-level waste dump should be actively pursued, if the public wants it. The report by commissioner Kevin Scarce was handed to the SA Government …

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Common Myths of the Nuclear Industry

Myth: the new generation of nuclear reactors are designed to recycle nuclear waste BUST: These reactors don’t exist These reactors often spoken of by advocates of nuclear energy are hypothetical. There are none of these “Generation IV” reactors commercially operating anywhere in the world: Even the demonstration plants are still decades away Various designs are …

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Breach of faith regarding referendum on the Kvanefjeld mining project

Nuuk, Narsaq, Qassiarsuk, Aarhus and Copenhagen, 16 December 2015 On several occasions, the Greenlandic government, Naalakkersuisut, has promised a referendum in Southern Greenland on the controversial uranium/rare earth elements mining project at Kvanefjeld. The promise has now been withdrawn without prior public debate. This happened shortly before the owner, the Australian mining company Greenland Minerals …

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The Appearance of Bias – Not a Good Look

Media Release by Friends of the Earth Adelaide, 5 November 2015 Today the Royal Commission into the Nuclear Fuel Cycle will be hearing oral evidence from London based insurance company Nuclear Risk Insurers, on the subject of insuring against a nuclear accident.  On October 2015, Dr Timothy Stone, member of the Royal Commission’s Executive Advisory …

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Increased uranium mining and more radioactive waste would be bad news for Australia

By Helen Caldicott, Sydney Morning Herald, November 4, 2015 When Malcolm Turnbull mooted the question about storing radioactive waste in Australia, I felt that I finally understood the aim of the Nuclear Fuel Cycle Royal Commission being conducted in South Australia. Then I wondered whether the nuclear industry is going to propose in Paris that nuclear power …

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What the EPA’s Clean Power Plan means for nuclear energy

Peter A. Bradford, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, 09/24/2015 For nuclear power, the good news and the bad news in EPA’s final Clean Power Plan are the same: The technology got pretty much what it deserved. The competitive position of all new low-carbon electricity sources will improve relative to fossil fuels. New reactors (including the …

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The Myth of the Peaceful Atom

Debunking the Misinformation Peddled by the Nuclear Industry and its Supporters by Jim Green, Nuclear Monitor #804, 28 May 2015 The greatest risks associated with the nuclear fuel cycle are weapons proliferation and related risks such as military strikes on nuclear plants. The nuclear industry and its supporters have developed an elaborate set of tactics …

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Australia sleepwalks towards a dangerous nuclear future

An informed democracy will behave in a responsible fashion, says Dr Helen Caldicott, however as we sleepwalk towards embracing nuclear energy, most Australians are not aware of the dangers and have forgotten the history. THE Australian anti-nuclear movement started in Adelaide in 1971 when fallout from French atmospheric nuclear tests polluted Adelaide’s water supply. People were …

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Don’t endanger people ‘Into Eternity’

Frances Lamberts, 29 Oct 2013, Herald & Tribune For a recently published book, Dr. Helen Caldicott interviewed the Danish director of a documentary about the Onkalo repository in Finland, which is to “hide” the spent-fuel waste from that country’s nuclear power plants. Titled, “Into Eternity,” the film details the bunker-like underground structure, begun in 2004, whose …

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The Medical Implications of Fukushima

This presentation was made at the one day symposium on “The Medical Implications of Fukushima” held at the International House of Japan in Roppongi, Tokyo, on Sunday, July 7, 2013. The presentation was sponsored by the Japan office of the Helen Caldicott Foundation. Below is the entire presentation, which provides critical information for understanding the …

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Occupy Hanford Rally

Dr. Caldicott was in Richland, WA for a rally on 15 April organized by Occupy Portland to bring awareness to Hanford, which is a mostly decommissioned nuclear production facility occupying nearly 600 sq. miles in southern Washington.It’s where the atomic bomb was developed during WWII. The video was taken by a local supporter and can …

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Nuclear apologists play shoot the messenger on radiation

TWENTY-FIVE years after Chernobyl, many billions of dollars are at stake if the Fukushima reactor meltdowns cause the so-called “atomic renaissance” to halt or even slow down. This is evident from the nuclear industry’s vociferous attacks on its critics. We see this especially in Australia, where the industry is conducting a whatever-it-takes propaganda campaign to …

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Caldicott: Japan may spell end of nuclear industry worldwide

Independent Australia, 15 Mar 2011 People all over the world are watching updates on the Japanese nuclear emergency in growing horror and disbelief. Despite soothing words from nuclear energy industry promoters, each update today has signalled fresh disaster and even more drastic warnings. Anti-nuclear campaigner Dr Helen Caldicott says it could spell the end of …

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