Radioactive Waste

Radioactive waste haunts Hunters Hill residents

Heath Aston For the state government it has been a lingering headache since the 1970s but for people who lived on top of radioactive waste in an exclusive harbourside suburb of Sydney it is a matter of life and...

NSW Premier undecided on radioactive waste

NSW Premier Barry O'Farrell says he doesn't want radioactive waste from a former northern Sydney uranium smelter transported to Kemps Creek in the city's west.

State sends radioactive waste west


Heath Aston MORE than 5000 tonnes of radioactive waste will be dug up from one of Sydney's wealthiest harbourside suburbs, trucked across the city and dumped near Penrith.

Road workers ill after finding suspected radioactive waste

A screen shot of one of the drums from the  truck crash in 1980.

Road workers have become sick after finding suspected radioactive material during an upgrade to the Pacific Highway on the NSW mid north coast.

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High radiation spreads at ruined Fukushima plant, Japan vows aid

The crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant

Sumio Ito and Mari Saito High radiation levels are spreading at the ruined Fukushima nuclear plant, its operator said on Monday, and the Japanese government prepared to offer more funding and oversight to try to contain the...

Ten years after the all-clear, Maralinga is still toxic

Maralinga clean up

Philip Dorling More than a decade after the Howard government hailed the clean-up of Maralinga as completed, the government is continuing to support remediation at the former British nuclear weapons test site.

BHP's $45b giant: the bigger, deeper Olympic Dam

Expanded waste ... BHP Billiton's Olympic Dam copper mine in South Australia could have severe environmental effects, say green groups.

David Wroe The massive planned expansion of BHP Billiton's Olympic Dam mine would plague South Australia with radioactive waste and water overuse, say green groups, dismissing government assurances of strict...

Ownership of nuclear waste site disputed

Lindsay Murdoch in Tennant Creek DOCUMENTS unearthed in the National Archives challenge the Gillard government's push to build a nuclear waste dump on disputed Aboriginal land near Tennant Creek, lawyers say.

Yellowcake shipment bogged on the side of the road

Lindsay Murdoch DARWIN THE bogging of a semi-trailer loaded with uranium oxide in Kakadu National Park has highlighted the danger of transporting the dangerous material long distances by road, conservationists say.

Call for nuclear plants to combat warming

Ben Cubby ENVIRONMENT EDITOR Australia should adopt large-scale nuclear power stations to fight climate change, which would mean building six or seven reactors along the coast between Sydney, Newcastle and Wollongong, according...

First radioactive dump gets the green light

radioactive waste

David Wroe Australia is set to get its first radioactive waste dump with the government agreeing to a Coalition demand for $10 million for the Northern Territory, which will host the dump.

China's bid for man-made sun


David Stanway The congenial Professor Duan Xuru doesn't look like a stereotypical mad scientist as he shows guests into a cluttered laboratory filled with canisters, vacuum pumps and patched-up pipes tied together...

Focus remains on power

Hamish McDonald PANIC about Japan's nuclear accident prompted such a run on salt in China that Beijing's official media had to talk down the rumour about its protective qualities.

US digs deep to secure the technology of the future

Suzanne Goldenberg MOUNTAIN PASS MINE, California: It's a deep pit in the Mojave Desert but it could hold the key to the US challenging China's technological domination of the 21st century.

Greens aim to amend nuclear waste bill

The Australian Greens will try to amend proposed laws to establish a nuclear waste dump at Muckaty Station in the Northern Territory.

Uranium plant waste unwelcome in western suburbs


Ben Cubby The state government will face tough local opposition if it intends to take contaminated waste from a radioactive site in Hunters Hill and bury it at Kemps Creek in the city's west.

Call for renewed debate on nuclear energy in Australia

Ben Cubby The nuclear industry is calling for renewed public debate about atomic energy in Australia, and says the Fukushima reactor disaster in Japan will not affect the future of the nuclear energy or...

Keneally rules out Kemps Creek as dump for Hunters Hill N-waste


Ben Cubby The state government has backed out of using Sydney's west as a dumping ground for radioactive waste after community opposition.

Government covered up toxic waste plans

Alexandra Smith The state government deliberately delayed briefing Penrith City Council on plans to dump 5000 tonnes of toxic soil in western Sydney until after it had signed a contract with the waste company,...

Ready for a backlash

Heath Aston THE Keneally government knows it's sitting on a dangerously explosive issue in Hunters Hill.