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NT uranium mine workers still not on national radiation register

Uranium mine workers in the Northern Territory are still not on the National Radiation Dose Register, five months after their exclusion was revealed by the Australian Greens.

Greens Senator Scott Ludlam exposed the information black hole during Estimates hearings in May, and today while quizzing representatives from the Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency discovered that nothing had been done to fix it.

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Dept. of Environment on EPBC approval of Olympic Dam expansion

Senator LUDLAM: I want to discuss the proposed Olympic Dam expansion, which was assessed by your department. Would you confirm, firstly, the magnitude of the expansion as approved relative to the size of the project that was proposed in the EIS. I understand that the EIS covered a facility capable of producing up to 750,000 tonnes of copper per annum, with the associated environmental impacts. What we appear to have now is a project that would produce up to one million tonnes of copper per annum. Would you confirm whether there is a discrepancy there. Or am I misreading that?

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Office of the Supervising Scientist

Tuesday 18 October, Environment Communication and the Arts Committee

CHAIR: Mr Hughes, do you have an opening statement?

Mr Hughes : No, thank you.

Senator LUDLAM: Mr Hughes, it is nice to see you again. I will get straight into it because time is pretty short. Can you tell us what your role was in the approval of the Olympic Dam expansion?

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Labor’s Dam approval a blunder of Olympic proportions

Australian Greens spokesperson for nuclear affairs Senator Scott Ludlam challenged the Government in the Senate today on a series of obvious flaws in the approval for the Olympic Dam uranium mine expansion.

Instead of answers, the Senate was treated to several minutes of vague and insulting verbal anaesthetic from the Minister representing the Minister for the Environment.

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Federal go-ahead for Olympic Dam radioactive waste mountain a disgrace

The Federal Government's approval of the Olympic Dam expansion will see the creation of a carcinogenic mountain range of radioactive waste in South Australia, the Greens warned today.

Australian Greens spokesperson for nuclear issues Senator Scott Ludlam said the proposed expansion of the BHP Billiton site will be a disaster for the environment, human health and local jobs.

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