Monday, November 29, 2010

Calls for BHP to explain plans for leaky uranium mine

Flooding at area of proposed uranium tailings ponds
Comment:  Now look at the following statement: "“This leakage is not a possibility, it’s a given. BHP has told the government the mine will leak".  Well this is honest statement from the nukes!  So keep up the different owners buying the "so call local uranium company" because the uranium mines and milling will ruin our water because it floods at Coles Hill all the time!  Uranium mining will ruin our land, our health, our air and hurt our unborn babies!  No to uranium mining and milling!

BHP Billiton is pushing ahead with plans for an open pit mine at Roxby Downs in South Australia, despite receiving more than 4,000 complaints against its proposal and evidence the mine is designed to leak radioactive waste.

“BHP has designed the Olympic Dam mine to leak up to three million litres of liquid radioactive waste every day until 2050,” said Australian Conservation Foundation nuclear free campaigner David Noonan.

“This leakage is not a possibility, it’s a given. BHP has told the government the mine will leak.

“The company also plans to leave behind 68 million tonnes of toxic crushed rock every year, ‘hidden’ under a wafer thin layer of dirt.

“The company has no plan to clean up the area after it has taken the uranium it wants, intending instead to leave a toxic lake as a permanent radioactive scar on the landscape.

“BHP’s board should explain how it will keep radioactive mine tailings isolated from the surrounding environment for at least 10,000 years, as the Federal Government requires at the Ranger open pit uranium mine in Kakadu.”

At BHP Billiton’s annual general meeting in Perth today ACF will ask the company’s board if its proposed new open pit mining project is only economically viable because the company will not responsibly manage its radioactive waste.

“If BHP’s board is unwilling to meet these basic standards of corporate responsibility then the Federal Government should require the company to do so,” Mr Noonan said.

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