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Greens take stand to defend WA's farms and water from gas damage

Greens Senator for Western Australia Scott Ludlam is pursuing legal protection for Western Australia's water supplies from contamination by gas mining.

Senator Ludlam has written to Federal Environment Minister Tony Burke and Independent MP Tony Windsor urging them to support new laws to protect water supplies from shale gas, tight gas and underground coal gasification.

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Environment and Communications Committee Estimates hearing - Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities Outcome 2 - Sustainable Communities.

Scott Ludlam 4 Apr 2012

 

Environment and Communications Committee

Monday 13 Feb 2012

Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities

Outcome 2 - Sustainable Communities. Program 2.3 Sustainable Communities

 

Topics covered:

  • Sustainable Jobs Program
  • Biodiversity Indicators project

 

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Real time water monitoring essential at Ranger Uranium Mine: Greens

The lead Commonwealth regulator with oversight of the Ranger Uranium mine has acknowledged that real time water monitoring is the best way to test contamination of waterways downstream of the Ranger Uranium Mine.

After questioning from Australian Greens Senator Scott Ludlam at Senate estimates in Canberra today, Supervising Scientist Alan Hughes said that his Office had spent several years perfecting techniques for real time water sampling, and that the company had also begun such monitoring.

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Nuclear Fuel Use at the Open Pool Australian Lightwater Research Reactor

Question No. 1196
Senator Ludlam asked the Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research, upon notice, on 18 December 2008:

(1) (a) When the OPAL research reactor is operating at full capacity, what is the heat output per cubic metre of spent nuclear fuel when it is first removed from the reactor; and (b) if the answer to (a) is above 2kW/m3, after what period of time does the heat output fall below 2kW/m3.

(2) What is the heat output for a single spent fuel element when first removed from the reactor.

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Uranium and our drinking water

764 Senator Ludlam: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Health and Ageing-In regard to recent changes by the United States Environmental Protection Agency lowering the maximum amount of uranium allowed in drinking water from 30 to 20 parts per billion (ppb) and the subsequent requirement of municipalities to notify residents of uranium levels more than twice the 20 ppb limit:

(1) Is there an Australian drinking water standard in regard to uranium content; if so, what is the standard; if not, why not.

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Uranium Content in Drinking Water

Senator Ludlam (Western Australia) asked the Minister representing the Minister for Health and Ageing, upon notice, on 5 November 2008:

In regard to recent changes by the United States Environmental Protection Agency lowering the maximum amount of uranium allowed in drinking water from 30 to 20 parts per billion (ppb) and the subsequent requirement of municipalities to notify residents of uranium levels more than twice the 20 ppb limit:

(1) Is there an Australian drinking water standard in regard to uranium content; if so, what is the standard; if not, why not.

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Open Pool Australian Lightwater Research Reactor

Senator Ludlam (Western Australia) asked the Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research, upon notice, on 4 September 2008:

With reference to the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO) Open Pool Australian Lightwater (OPAL) research reactor, located 31 kilometres from Sydney at Lucas Heights:

(1) Since its opening in April 2007, what is the total number of days the reactor functioned compared to when it has been inoperative.

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