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.


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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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