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...workers became sick after unearthing a strange clay-like material near Port Macquarie. Mr Higgins has told the ABC a number of workers felt nausea and some vomited when they were close to the material. "
"As we've taken down the cutting there we exposed the face of the existing material [and] came across a clay material that when it's exposed to air it gets an orange streak through it.
They think that might be the source of this contamination, but they're still investigating. And people wonder why transporting radioactive waste is dangerous, (and that longago, from 1980, to boot)???
A truck carrying radioactive waste from Sydney's Lucas Heights nuclear reactor was involved in a crash on that stretch of highway in 1980 and the waste was subsequently buried near the crash site.
Nice to know they are shipping their "newly found" toxic crap here to my country...
The ABC reported the material was being taken to Brisbane before being shipped to the US
Hmm, sound like TEPCO and the Japanese government???
Greens MP and environment spokeswoman Cate Faehrmann accused the NSW government of putting workers and the environment at risk. "The government knew that highly radioactive waste was there somewhere, but presumably just hoped it would never resurface," Ms Faehrmann said.
I would have to agree. :
"There is potential for serious long-term health impacts from exposure to radioactive waste. The fact that some have reported to have vomited during the discovery is extremely worrying.
Roads Minister Duncan Gay said that independent chemical experts have failed to find any radioactive material at the Pacific Highway worksite. Five workers today felt nauseous and were given medical treatment, a spokeswoman for the Roads Minister confirmed. They have now been "cleared of any symptoms", a spokeswoman said. Read more: www.canberratimes.com.au...