120420 – “Radioactive waste on Pacific Highway highlights dangers of Muckaty dump” BNI

* BNI: Radioactive waste on Pacific Highway highlights
dangers of Muckaty dump
* Background to proposed Muckaty nuclear waste dump
* Other articles

* BNI:

– News

Beyond Nuclear Initiative:
Radioactive waste on Pacific Highway highlights dangers of
Muckaty dump
18 Apr 12: “The Beyond Nuclear Initiative is reiterating
calls for an national independent inquiry into radioactive
waste transport and storage following unearthing of
radioactive materials during a Pacific Highway expansion on
the mid north coast of NSW.
BNI Project Coordinator Natalie Wasley says the nausea,
vomiting and health effects experienced by roadwork crews
highlight the threat to workers, communities and the
environment if the proposed radioactive dump at Muckaty in
the NT goes ahead.
Ms Wasley continued, “Resources Minister Ferguson is
pursuing plans to transport radioactive spent fuel
thousands of kilometers to a remote site in the Northern
Territory, which has fewer trained emergency responders,
less equipment and response capability than NSW. This
incident should be a wake up call to the Prime Minister
and Resources Minister to immediately drop the Muckaty

– Related Petition

To: Resource Minister Martin Ferguson,
Prime Minister Julia Gillard
Put the brakes on toxic trucks – no nuclear waste at Muckaty
“Why is this important? Australia nuclear industry does
create risks to our community, environment and future. Any
incidents or accidents that occur are never be quickly or
easily cleaned up. The Federal government has a
controversial plan to build a national radioactive waste
dump at Muckaty, near Tennant Creek in the Northern
Territory. Many Aboriginal Traditional Owners from Muckaty
alongside medical groups, environmental organisations,
unions, churches and the NT government are calling on the
Federal government to scrap the plan, and for an
independent public inquiry.”

– Related News

SBS World News: Pacific Hwy radiation scare sparks testing
18 Apr 12: “The NSW government is testing for contaminated
material along the Pacific Highway after five workers were
struck by nausea when they unearthed a clay-like material.
… The health scare immediately triggered fears that the
workers had uncovered radioactive material believed to have
spilled from a truck more than 30 years ago. The truck,
which was carrying radioactive isotopes to Brisbane was
involved in a crash on the same stretch of highway in

ABC: Workers sick amid highway radiation scare
18 Apr 12: “Road workers were sent for medical treatment
after vomiting when suspected nuclear material was
unearthed during work on an upgrade to the Pacific Highway
in New South Wales. The materials were buried near
Laurieton, south of Port Macquarie, after a truck carrying
radioactive elements including caesium and americium
crashed in 1980. The isotopes were being taken from
Sydney’s Lucas Heights nuclear reactor to Brisbane from
where it was to be shipped to the United States.”

Courier-Mail: Radioactive waste stops highway upgrade
18 Apr 12: “ROAD workers have discovered containers of
radioactive material buried near the Pacific Highway on
NSW’s mid-north coast more than 30 years ago. The waste was
buried off the highway after a truck transporting
radioactive isotopes from Sydney’s Lucas Heights nuclear
reactor crashed north of Port Macquarie in 1980. The
material was being taken to Brisbane to be shipped to the
United States, the ABC says.”

Workers fall ill after unearthing possible contaminated material
18 Apr 12: “AUTHORITIES are “investigating a suspected
contamination area” where five roadworkers fell ill and
after a yet to be identified toxic material was unearthed
on the Pacific Highway.”

Courier-Mail: Inquiry to investigate Pacific Highway
‘toxic waste’ discovery, Minister says
19 Apr 12: “NSW Roads Minister Duncan Gay says an
independent inquiry will investigate how five road workers
came to be exposed to potentially toxic material buried on
the state’s mid-north coast. Experts wearing radiation
protection suits from Australia’s nuclear agency will
arrive at the site near Laurieton, south of Port Macquarie,

Telegraph: It smells like a cover-up, say the Greens
19 Apr 12: “THE Greens yesterday called for an inquiry into
an alleged 20-year cover-up over the spillage of
radioactive waste at a Pacific Highway upgrade site as the
government backed 1980s claims that no radioactive material
was ever spilled.”

Telegraph: Our nuclear fears demand inquiry
19 Apr 12: “FROM Maralinga to Fukushima, any event
associated with nuclear radioactivity is certain to raise
legitimate public concern. Now NSW has its own
radioactivity drama, with roadworks on the Pacific Highway,
near Laurieton on the mid-north coast, uncovering what some
suspect is radioactive waste.”

Courier-Mail: Lethal, toxic truth buried in a ditch
19 Apr 12: “FIRE and Rescue NSW hazardous materials
investigators have joined union officials and other
authorities at the site where toxic pesticide and possible
remnants of radioactive waste were unearthed during
roadworks. Three staff from the Australian Nuclear Science
and Technology Organisation are also expected to arrive
there shortly and will inspect the site in radiation
protective suits.”

Perth Now: Lethal, toxic truth buried in a highway ditch
19 Apr 12: “WHY radioactive materials, a banned pesticide
and food were on the same truck that crashed on the New
South Wales Pacific Highway in 1980 is a mystery. But the
political fallout of its roadside burial and discovery 32
years later – which left five contractors vomiting and
exposed another 13 workers to possibly lethal toxic waste
– will be nothing short of nuclear.”

Courier-Mail: No toxins found at NSW highway site
19 Apr 12: “NO toxic material has been found on the stretch
of the Pacific Highway where road workers fell sick after
unearthing an unknown substance, Roads and Maritime
Services (RMS) has confirmed. However, the authority will
continue to test the site before issuing the all-clear.”

ABC Rural: Toxic find shows why waste dump is needed: professor
19 Apr 12: “An expert in nuclear material says the
discovery of toxic substances at a road works site in NSW
lends weight to the push for a national waste dump. Five
workers have reportedly fallen sick after digging up
material which was buried after a truck crash at the site
near Port Macquarie in 1980. Curtin University associate
professor Nigel Marks says even 30 years since the
incident, there is still no dedicated centre to store
nuclear waste in Australia.”

Daily Telegraph: Buried fury at betrayal bubbles to the surface
20 Apr 12: “THEY were the two police officers literally
left holding cans of radioactive material after a fatal
truck crash in 1980. Now 32 years on, former officers Bob
Deards and Terry Clifton remain every bit as bitter about
being abandoned by authorities and years of excruciating
health problems – which followed exposure to deadly
radiation and pesticides – as they did following the

Telegraph: Bike track soiled by excavated site debris
20 Apr 12: “THE contamination scare engulfing the Pacific
Highway upgrade has widened, with revelations soil from the
ill-fated project was dumped on a motor-cross track enjoyed
by children.”


WGAR News:
Interviews re Federal Court challenge over Muckaty (31 Mar 12)
[scroll down page] http://indymedia.org.au/2012/03/31/wgar-news-the-lizards-revenge-over-uranium-mine-festival-protest-against-olympic-dam-expa

YouTube: Muckaty Voices-Australia’s nuclear waste dump story

Proposed Radioactive Waste Dump at Muckaty, NT
Briefing Paper – February 2011
Jim Green B.Med.Sci.(Hons.), PhD
National nuclear campaigner – Friends of the Earth, Australia

Click to access Dump%20briefing%20Feb%202011.pdf

Beyond Nuclear Initiative:

Australian Conservation Foundation:
Muckaty radioactive dump:

Nuclear Territory News:
Waste Dump News


– Audio

Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association:
CAAMA Online Radio News 19.04.2012
19 Apr 12: “The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
social Justice commissioner has voiced his concerns about
how Government intends to include Aboriginal people in any
talks about changes to the proposed Stronger Futures
legislation when sixty eight communities across the
Territory have lost their governance structures with the
amalgamation of the Shires.”

– News

City Messenger: No sign of Aboriginal memorial
20 Apr 12: “ABORIGINAL veterans will next week mark another
Anzac Day without a dedicated memorial to honour their
fallen comrades, despite a five-year struggle. Aboriginal
and Torres Strait Islander War Memorial Committee chair
Marj Tripp, who was the first Aboriginal woman to join the
Royal Australian Navy, said the acknowledgement was long
overdue. “It has been a long, long, hard road,” Ms Tripp,
who is also the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander War
Memorial Committee chair, said.”


WGAR News: “Lest We Forget the Frontier Wars
– Anzac Day 25th April 2012” Sovereign Union (13 Apr 12)

ABC: Indigenous group calls for authority over Murray and
Darling rivers
20 Apr 12: “A group of 21 Aboriginal nations is calling for
water licenses on the Murray Darling to be revoked. The
Northern Murray Darling Basin Aboriginal Nations (NBAN)
says indigenous people should hold the ultimate title over
the rivers’ water. The chairman, and Weilmoringle based
farmer, Fred Hooper, says indigenous people have had almost
no say in the current water laws and allocations. He says
the cultural needs of the river basin, including keeping
sacred trees alive, should be considered as well as the
requirements of the environment and irrigators.”

ABC AM: Aboriginal elder calls on spirits to heal Darling River
18 Apr 12: “As debate continues over the future of the
Murray Darling Basin, an Aboriginal elder is leading a
pilgrimage down the river system, calling on spirits to
heal the river. The pilgrims plan to travel more than 2,000
kilometres from Murra Murra in Queensland to the Murray
mouth in South Australia. Natalie Whiting caught up with
them at Menindee in far western New South Wales.”


WGAR News: Aboriginal Nations assert sovereignty over the
Northern Murray Darling Basin (19 Apr 12)

Murdoch Independent: Nyoongar Tent Embassy standoff continues
19 Apr 12: “An echo erupts over the island as a Council
truck careens towards the camp while media stations are on
standby in nearby parked cars, waiting. Moments ago an
easterly breeze moved slowly through the eucalypt trees,
carrying smoke from the fire as it drew past us while a
group of elderly women laughed, teenage boys swam in the
Swan River and a toddler chased an old dog past a cluster
of people who were planning the next step. Chaos has
returned to Heirisson Island where a group of Nyoongar
people have been camping since February in protest … ”

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