Neither the public nor politicians are behind Bob Hawke's proposal to make Australia the world's nuclear waste dump.

  TEN years ago, an American research company called Pangea Resources, which was funded by international nuclear industries, developed a top-secret research project identifying possible sites for a high-level nuclear waste dump.

Pangea chose Australia as its favoured option. Australia had all the right elements: the perfect geography to store nuclear waste, stable countryside in remote Western and South Australia and lots of isolated places. It had a strong economy and the required political stability.

Pangea envisaged the $6 billion high-level storage facility as a commercial enterprise, accepting waste from foreign nuclear reactors and possibly from weapons.

The site would have its own purpose-built rail link and port facility and waste would be moved on a fleet of ships built for the purpose. 

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Should Australia make its outback a nuclear waste dumping ground for the world?
Neither the public nor politicians are behind Bob Hawke`s proposal to make Australia the world`s nuclear waste dump.

TEN years ago, an American research company called Pangea Resources, which was funded by international nuclear industries, developed a top-secret research project identifying possible sites for a high-level nuclear waste dump.

Pangea chose Australia as its favoured option. Australia had all the right elements: the perfect geography to store nuclear waste, stable countryside in remote Western and South Australia and lots of isolated places. It had a strong economy and the required political stability.

Pangea envisaged the $6 billion high-level storage facility as a commercial enterprise, accepting waste from foreign nuclear reactors and possibly from weapons.

The site would have its own purpose-built rail link and port facility and waste would be moved on a fleet of ships built for the purpose.

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16 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Friday 9/30/05 - 10:33:41 PM EST (GMT-5)
Why would any one destroy such a beautiful place like that?
16 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Monday 10/17/05 - 4:39:08 PM EST (GMT-5)
no. Why don't people just stop making so much crap waste. If they're gonna mess with that crap, they should have to deal with it's effects and waste, not australians.
16 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Monday 10/17/05 - 4:40:29 PM EST (GMT-5)
No, what about the people living there? and the countryside. that's not very nice
16 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Monday 10/24/05 - 8:05:45 AM EST (GMT-5)
No. Thats what Texas is for.
16 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Monday 10/24/05 - 8:20:00 AM EST (GMT-5)
No. People should really find a better way to dispose of nuclear waste.
16 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Tuesday 11/1/05 - 9:01:33 PM EST (GMT-5)
Ask him.

16 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Tuesday 11/15/05 - 12:52:26 AM EST (GMT-5)
"Pangea chose Australia as its favoured option. Australia had all the right elements: the perfect geography to store nuclear waste, stable countryside in remote Western and South Australia and lots of isolated places. It had a strong economy and the required political stability."

If thats true then I wouldn't have a problem with it. Nuclear's the way to go I reckon and if the worlds perfect 'dump' is in our backyard, so be it.
Having said that, the biggest problem I see is actually getting the stuff safely to the dump. We're a long way from everywhere, and our outback proposed sites are a long way from our ports.
All the worlds waste coming here by ship and then trucked outback exposes bigger risks than the site itself does.
So, maybe.

16 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Tuesday 11/15/05 - 12:55:47 AM EST (GMT-5)
F*ck no!
16 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Tuesday 11/15/05 - 12:56:27 AM EST (GMT-5)
F*ck no.
I refuse to allow my country be the worlds trash can and I know a lot of Australians will agree with me.
16 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Tuesday 11/15/05 - 12:56:58 AM EST (GMT-5)
On 10/17/2005 4:40:30 PM mintyboy3000 wrote:
No, what about the people living there? and the countryside. that's not very nice

What people? No one lives out there. Australia is almost the size of the USA with only 20 million people, 90% of which live in cities on the coast. Put it out there if it can be transported safely and nothing is affected by it being there.
16 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Tuesday 11/15/05 - 12:58:04 AM EST (GMT-5)
It's more the ecosystem I'm concerned about.
16 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Tuesday 11/15/05 - 1:00:53 AM EST (GMT-5)
While I've never been one to care for an ecosystem, I think this is a bad idea.

The continent itself is fairly small, and could have ramifications on that whole Oceanic area, right?

16 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Tuesday 11/15/05 - 1:03:00 AM EST (GMT-5)
On 11/15/2005 1:00:53 AM Djm984 wrote:
The continent itself is fairly small,

What do you class as small? It's almost the size of the USA.
16 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Tuesday 11/15/05 - 7:09:58 AM EST (GMT-5)
No that would be f*cking stupid.
16 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Tuesday 11/15/05 - 4:02:23 PM EST (GMT-5)
On 11/15/2005 12:56:58 AM dazajane wrote:
On 10/17/2005 4:40:30 PM mintyboy3000 wrote: No, what about the people living there? and the countryside. that's not very nice What people? No one lives out there. Australia is almost the size of the USA with only 20 million people, 90% of which live in cities on the coast. Put it out there if it can be transported safely and nothing is affected by it being there.

I think you need to relearn your geography. Australia is NOT "almost the size of the USA".
I'd have no problems putting a nuclear waste dump in your backyard, however.

16 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Tuesday 11/15/05 - 4:04:18 PM EST (GMT-5)
OMG! OMG! It's so ALMOST the size of the USA!!!

Idiot.

16 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Tuesday 11/15/05 - 4:21:57 PM EST (GMT-5)
Of course not; Australia is one of the most beautiful places in the world. I suppose halting the production of nuclear waste would be completely out of the question...
16 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Tuesday 11/15/05 - 4:37:27 PM EST (GMT-5)
On 11/15/2005 4:21:57 PM Runestone wrote:
Of course not; Australia is one of the most beautiful places in the world. I suppose halting the production of nuclear waste would be completely out of the question...

How beautiful is the outback, really?
16 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Tuesday 11/15/05 - 4:38:51 PM EST (GMT-5)
On 11/15/2005 4:37:28 PM CowDung wrote:
On 11/15/2005 4:21:57 PM Runestone wrote: Of course not; Australia is one of the most beautiful places in the world. I suppose halting the production of nuclear waste would be completely out of the question... How beautiful is the outback, really?

Sort of depends on a person's perception of beauty, doesn't it?

16 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Tuesday 11/15/05 - 4:39:27 PM EST (GMT-5)
On 11/15/2005 4:02:23 PM Kathryn137 wrote:
On 11/15/2005 12:56:58 AM dazajane wrote: On 10/17/2005 4:40:30 PM mintyboy3000 wrote: No, what about the people living there? and the countryside. that's not very nice What people? No one lives out there. Australia is almost the size of the USA with only 20 million people, 90% of which live in cities on the coast. Put it out there if it can be transported safely and nothing is affected by it being there. I think you need to relearn your geography. Australia is NOT "almost the size of the USA". I'd have no problems putting a nuclear waste dump in your backyard, however.


" Australia, approximately the size of the 48 continental United States,..."
http://geography.about.com/library/weekl...

16 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Tuesday 11/15/05 - 4:40:33 PM EST (GMT-5)
On 11/15/2005 4:38:51 PM Runestone wrote:
On 11/15/2005 4:37:28 PM CowDung wrote: On 11/15/2005 4:21:57 PM Runestone wrote: Of course not; Australia is one of the most beautiful places in the world. I suppose halting the production of nuclear waste would be completely out of the question... How beautiful is the outback, really? Sort of depends on a person's perception of beauty, doesn't it?

Perhaps you're right, but don't they usually store that kind of stuff deep underground?

16 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Tuesday 11/15/05 - 4:51:37 PM EST (GMT-5)
On 11/15/2005 4:04:18 PM Kathryn137 wrote:
OMG! OMG! It's so ALMOST the size of the USA!!! Idiot.

I should have been more specific for you darling. It's almost the size of the continental (48 states) USA....that doesn't include Alaska, Hawaii or Canada.
Idiot.
16 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Tuesday 11/15/05 - 4:52:15 PM EST (GMT-5)
Ah, thankyou cowdung!
16 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Tuesday 11/15/05 - 4:52:55 PM EST (GMT-5)
On 11/15/2005 4:51:37 PM dazajane wrote:
On 11/15/2005 4:04:18 PM Kathryn137 wrote: OMG! OMG! It's so ALMOST the size of the USA!!! Idiot. I should have been more specific for you darling. It's almost the size of the continental (48 states) USA....that doesn't include Alaska, Hawaii or Canada. Idiot.

You think Canada is part of the USA and you have the nerve to call me the idiot?
16 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Tuesday 11/15/05 - 4:53:29 PM EST (GMT-5)
Oops--nevermind. I misunderstood your context...

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