Uranium mining inward Australia
Australia is dwelling to simply about 40% of the world’s uranium reserves together with currently supplies simply about 20% of the global market, amongst exports of simply about 10,000 tonnes of uranium oxide (yellowcake) each year.
There are 3 uranium mines commercially operating inward Australia:
- Energy Resources of Commonwealth of Australia (ERA, bulk owned yesteryear Rio Tinto) locomote Ranger mine inward Kakadu;
- BHP Billiton run the Olympic Dam (Roxby) mine inward northern South Australia; and
- Heathgate Resources run the small-scale Beverley mine, likewise inward South Australia; and
- Honeymoon is an approved mine owned yesteryear the Canadian companionship Uranium One together with located nearly Beverley inward SA. The mine has commenced production but non amount commercial operations.
Another uranium mine, Toro Wiluna, is currently nether consideration inward Western Australia. It has been given pending blessing yesteryear the WA province government, but however requires Commonwealth blessing together with a pose out of other State Approvals that the EPA has deferred. ACF is currently campaigning against this plan.
All the operating mines accept a history of leaks, spills together with accidents. In fact, a damning investigation yesteryear the Australian Senate inward 2003 establish the sector characterised yesteryear a designing of underperformance together with non-compliance, an absence of reliable information to mensurate the extent of contamination or its comport upon on the environment, together with an operational civilization that gives greater weight to curt term considerations than long-term environmental protection.
The investigation concluded that changes were necessary inward society to protect the environs together with its inhabitants from ‘serious or irreversible damage.
The nuclear journeying begins amongst uranium mining together with 70% of the world’s uranium lies on Indigenous lands. These impacts tin live on broad ranging together with include both environmental together with cultural/social together with likewise utilise to broader communities.
Uranium mining inward Kakadu
We accept long campaigned for an goal to uranium mining inward the unique Kakadu region. Kakadu is Australia’s largest National Park together with is World Heritage listed for both its environmental together with cultural importance. Despite this listing, uranium mining has been occurring inward the portion since 1980 together with continues to threaten the communities together with province of Kakadu.