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Ageing Ranger Uranium mine should close: Greens

The Australian Greens have called for an indefinite suspension of operations at the Ranger Uranium Mine in Kakadu National Park after a serious accident overnight.

A thousand tonnes of highly acidic radioactive slurry has spilled into the central processing area of the plant, miraculously causing no immediate injuries as workers were evacuated shortly before a leaching tank burst. It is not known at this stage how much of the radioactive leachate has left the mine boundary.

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National uranium protections at risk

The Australian Government is prepared to abandon all responsibility for regulating the uranium industry, in direct contradiction to written commitments given by Environment Minister Greg Hunt.

In May 2013, then opposition environment spokesperson Greg Hunt said the Commonwealth would retain control over decisions involving nuclear matters and projects for which state governments are likely to have a significant conflict of interest as the proponent - both of which would cover uranium mining.

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ANSTO's External Legal Fees

Scott Ludlam 17 Nov 2013

Economics Legislation Committee - Budget Estimates 3 June 2013

Senator LUDLAM: More than zero. So, yes, take that one on notice. This might also have to go on notice: how much has ANSTO spent in the last five financial years on external legal advice and representation?

Dr Paterson: We will provide that on notice.

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