Nic Mclellan writes an in-depth analysis of AUKUS's impact on the Pacific, and Australasian politics. Published in Chain Reaction #141
Several nuclear facilities in Ukraine have been attacked by the Russian military over the past fortnight: a nuclear research facility at Kharkiv; two radioactive waste storage sites; the Chernobyl nuclear site (which no longer has operating reactors); and the operating Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant.
Over the past week the Russian military has taken control of the Chernobyl nuclear site in Ukraine and there have been two near-misses with military attacks threatening radioactive waste sites. But the greatest nuclear hazards lie ahead and concern Ukraine’s operating nuclear power reactors.
A new report by Friends of the Earth Australia comprehensively debunks claims that nuclear power is cheap or affordable in the Australian context. The 32-page report, 'Nuclear Power's Economic Crisis and its Implications for Australia', details catastrophic cost overruns with nuclear power construction projects ‒ including 'small modular reactors' (SMR) ‒ over the past decade.
Sasha Gabizon, Executive Director of Women Engage for a Common Future hosts a panel on why nuclear energy is not a climate solution at COP26 in Glasgow.
Even by the standards of the Minerals Council of Australia (MCA), the new report published by the country's most influential coal lobby on the subject of small modular nuclear reactors (SMRs) is jiggery-pokery of the highest order. Why would a mining industry body promote SMRs? After mining for some years — or at most decades — no company would want to take on the responsibility of decommissioning a nuclear reactor and managing high-level nuclear waste for millennia.
Media release from MUA: Today, on the International Day of Peace, the Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) has declared its total opposition to the reckless announcement by Scott Morrison that Australia would be developing nuclear-powered submarines as part of a military alliance with the US and UK.
Following secret deliberations, this week, the Morrison government has announced that Australia will acquire nuclear-powered submarines. Anti-nuclear movement stalwart, and Friends of the Earth National Nuclear campaigner, Dr. Jim Green, had these comments to common questions about the decision.