BHP in firing line of anti-uranium group

A new anti-uranium campaign is due to be launched tomorrow as the Conservation Council of WA today submitted its concerns over BHP Billiton's proposed Yeelirrie uranium mine to the environmental watchdog.

The Anti-Nuclear Alliance of WA (ANAWA) will launch its BUMP (Ban Uranium Mining Permanently) campaign to coincide with World Environment Day.


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ANAWA, the Greens, CCWA and the Wilderness Society are to be congratulated in their move to awaken Western Australia to the dangers of the uranium/nuclear industry, and particularly of the grandiose plans of BHP Billiton. A frantic pro-nuclear hype is underway at present, including a globe-trotting trip by France's President Sarkozy. This is because the French government's giant nuclear firm AREVA is in financial and technical trouble, while Electricite de France is over $34 billion in debt. There is little hope for a "peaceful" nuclear industry world-wide, only a weapons industry. Australia's uranium bubble brings with it the prospect of a financial bust, and one that leaves an expensive toxic cleanup for future generations.

It is heartening that Anti-Nuclear groups are challenging the state government on its catastrophic decision to allow uranium mining in Western Australia. Politicians tend to see only the short-term financial effects. The adverse effects of uranium mining are long-lasting in every step from mining , transport, reactors, weapons and ultimately, the waste. Colin Barnett will certainly make his mark as the Premier who bought short-term prosperity at a long-term price.

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