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A process not a postcode for nuclear waste

Scott Ludlam 10 Jun 2016

The Australian Greens would containerise nuclear waste at Lucas Heights waste facility while an independent, national inquiry into radioactive waste production and management was undertaken.

The dedicated public inquiry would investigate best possible management options for storing nuclear waste, consideration of waste minimisation options while maintaining the federal legislative prohibitions on the importation, storage and disposal of international nuclear waste.

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Leave nuclear in the 1950s where it belongs: Greens

Scott Ludlam 28 Oct 2015

Australian energy production and exports should focus on the opportunities of the 21st century, not the failures of the 20th century, Australian Greens Deputy Leader and spokesperson for nuclear issues Senator Scott Ludlam said today.

“I’m not sure how many times this argument needs to be had, but the answers are the same they’ve been for decades; nuclear power is too slow and too costly to make any useful contribution to Australia’s energy mix, to say nothing of the toxicity of the waste, and the inextricable connection to the weapons industry.

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No-go on India nuclear deal

Scott Ludlam 8 Sep 2015

The Greens have welcomed a report from the Joint Standing Committee On Treaties (JSCOT) that has just been tabled in the House of Representatives, recommending Tony Abbott's intention to sell Australian uranium to India should not go ahead at this time.

JSCOT member Senator Peter Whish-Wilson said:

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Chernobyl: 26 years on

Scott Ludlam 14 Aug 2015

Chernobyl was the first, and until Fukushima, only major nuclear accident to reach Level 7 on the 7-point International Nuclear Events scale (INES).

Despite efforts by the International Atomic Energy Agency to play down the disaster as a one-off resulting from poor work practices in the former Soviet Union, the world today is contemplating the ruins of a second reactor complex on Japan's Pacific Coast.

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Nuclear renaissance ‘impossible'

As the Australian Uranium Conference opens today in Perth, Senator Scott Ludlam, Australian Greens acting leader and spokesperson for nuclear issues has dubbed the industry as terminally ill.

"Renewable energy is growing at a faster rate than nuclear energy - an industry that has been dominated by disasters, cost blow outs and safety issues," Senator Ludlam said today.

"It's time the nuclear industry came to terms with the reality that a renaissance of the industry is impossible and resuscitation unlikely," Senator Ludlam said.

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