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One of the biggest nuclear accidents in Australian history ,at the Ranger uranium mine in Kakadu Nat

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posted on Dec, 10 2013 @ 08:04 AM
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This is not good news this National Park is one of Australia's national AND world heritage area's.


HAZMAT – Australia – Australia

A burst tank at the Ranger uranium mine in Kakadu National Park has released what traditional owners say is up to a million litres of acidic radioactive slurry, in what they describe as one of the biggest nuclear accidents in Australian history. The site could be closed for up to two months as mine operators seek to contain it, said Justin O'Brien, chief executive of the Gundjeihmi Aboriginal Corporation (GAC), which represents the traditional Mirarr people of the area.

At 1am on Saturday morning a hole was discovered in the side of a leach tank, with staff evacuated before it collapsed. "This is up to a million litres of radiological material in the form of an acid exploding from a drum, bending a crane, twisting metal all around it, pouring down into stormwater drains, with 20 or so people ordered to evacuate," said Mr O'Brien. It is the third security breach at the site in just over a month. Mine operator Energy Resources of Australia (ERA) is seeking to mine at the site for a project called Ranger 3 Deeps but has agreed to do so only with the consent of the traditional owners.





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The Australian government has suspended processing operations at a uranium mine following a leak of more than 26,000 gallons of acid-laced radioactive material. The leak followed the failure of a leach tank Saturday at the Ranger Uranium Mine in the Northern Territory, operated by Energy Resources Australia, a subsidiary of Rio Tinto. The mine is located within the World Heritage-listed Kakadu National Park, known for its Aboriginal cultural sites. "I have told ERA today that they cannot resume processing at Ranger until the company demonstrates the integrity of the processing plant to the satisfaction of the regulatory authorities," Ian Macfarlane, Australia's industry minister, said in a statement Monday. Macfarlane said the Office of the Supervising Scientist, part of the federal Department of Environment, is investigating the spill. In its first statement Saturday regarding the spill, ERA said it had ceased operations at the site and "was continuing to monitor the incident," adding that it maintains its production forecast for 2013, between 2,800 tons to 3,200 tons. In a subsequent statement, the company said Ranger Mine's containment management systems had fully captured the slurry material that escaped. "These systems are in place to separate processing areas from Kakadu National Park."


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posted on Dec, 10 2013 @ 09:06 AM
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3 problems, security breaches, in the same month?

With Fukushima happening way north of them, is someone trying hard to kill as much of the Pacific as possible?

Acidic radioactive fluids... wow. Surely that is bad enough.

Is there a war going on between enterprises of the uranium mining industry?



posted on Dec, 10 2013 @ 09:10 AM
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...Is there a war going on between enterprises of the uranium mining industry?


Good question. Makes you wonder, doesn't it?

I think we can survive pretty much anything - except corporate competition, including industrial sabotage and bioterrorism.



posted on Dec, 10 2013 @ 09:11 AM
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If humans are absolutely determined to mine these materials in these methods, than might I make a small suggestion for the betterment of the human race?

Maybe we could use smaller barrels in larger quantity than just one big giant container next time?
That way when a hole forms, only a tiny bit spills out compared to what just happened.

I know it seems really silly, but actually this small measure would have mitigated a vast proportion of the scale of this "accident"...



posted on Dec, 10 2013 @ 09:14 AM
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...Maybe we could use smaller barrels in larger quantity than just one big giant container next time?
That way when a hole forms, only a tiny bit spills out compared to what just happened.

I know it seems really silly, but actually this small measure would have mitigated a vast proportion of the scale of this "accident"...


Too easy. More expensive?



posted on Dec, 10 2013 @ 09:40 AM
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Very good idea muzzle. Bravo! I don't find it silly at all.

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But, using only one leaking barrel, it becomes harder to use as a scare tool.

soficrow, also a nice point about the price of acid resistant barrels.

Here is a link to a page about prices for such items. Maybe someone can make the comparison prices?

I'll confess it will be a bit too hard for me to do.

Link to acid resistant items



posted on Dec, 10 2013 @ 09:42 AM
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How is this nuclear ? Nuclear refers to a splitting of atoms or the center of atoms. This is naturally occurring radiation it's not nuclear.
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posted on Dec, 10 2013 @ 10:17 AM
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That's what they are calling it.


Radioactive Waste and Uranium Mines

Uranium Mining and Processing Wastes are a special category of (normally) low level wastes, which are of major concern because of the volumes of radiating materials concentrated in usually a small area, thus creating an overall hazard. While uranium is mined around the world, some of the biggest producers are low-income countries. Indeed, of the ten largest producers of uranium, seven are in areas where industrial safety standards do not always correspond to the best industrial practices: Kazakhstan, Russia, Niger, Namibia, Uzbekistan, Ukraine and China2.

Typically uranium concentrations can be as low as 0.1 to 0.2% in mined ore, meaning that well over 99% of what is mined is rejected after processing. Once mined, ore must be milled to produce useful uranium concentrate. Milling is the process of grinding the ore and adding chemicals, usually sulfuric acid, to extract the uranium it contains. During milling, other constituents of the ore are released as well, including toxics like arsenic and lead. The byproduct of milling is a toxic sludge of tailings.

Because of the low concentration of uranium in ore, nearly as much sludge is produced as ore is mined. This leftover sludge contains a high amount of radioactivity – as much as 85% of the initial radioactivity of the ore. The tailings contain low-grade radioactivity but can be dangerous because of the very large quantities that are stored in rather small areas. Additionally, ground or surface water that is pumped away from the site during mining operations can also contain low levels of radiation and therefore contaminate local rivers and lakes.


www.worstpolluted.org...
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posted on Dec, 10 2013 @ 10:24 AM
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I know what they're calling it but they are wrong. Nuclear is one of those buzz words that garners attention. It's not nuclear.
www.google.com...



posted on Dec, 10 2013 @ 10:26 AM
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Rubbish, radioactivety is nuclear decay:

en.wikipedia.org...



posted on Dec, 10 2013 @ 10:30 AM
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Yes but that's not the same. All tigers are cats but not all cats are tigers. This is naturally occurring radiation not radioactive decay.
en.wikipedia.org...


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posted on Dec, 10 2013 @ 10:33 AM
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No, you're just wrong. Radioactivety is a nuclear process. It's nuclear decay, natural or not.


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posted on Dec, 10 2013 @ 10:40 AM
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You know what I'm going to give you this. I looked it up and it is an unstable nuclei But when they call this as nuclear accident it's pure fear mongering. BTW the radioactivity of uranium in its natural state is negligible. It takes processing to make it really dangerous.
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posted on Dec, 10 2013 @ 10:46 AM
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Oh for gods sake. Just google uranium and decay, there are a million references. Here:


238U(uranium) radiates alpha-particles and decays (by way of thorium-234 and protactinium-234) into uranium-234.


en.wikipedia.org...
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posted on Dec, 10 2013 @ 10:51 AM
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I changed my post. I like others on here AM not completely stubborn.



posted on Dec, 10 2013 @ 10:55 AM
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posted on Dec, 10 2013 @ 10:57 AM
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Good now agree with me that this is not nuclear accident and we can call a truce.



posted on Dec, 10 2013 @ 11:11 AM
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It's an accident in the nuclear industry involving a spill of radioactive material. What more do you want?



posted on Dec, 10 2013 @ 11:16 AM
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it's all about the benjamins...the company will get fined, and they will have to clean it up...that's it. look at the BP explosion and spill in the gulf of mexico...11 killed...BP fined, and no one went to jail. it's just the cost of doing business.



posted on Dec, 10 2013 @ 11:27 AM
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Ok guess it's too much to ask. It's an accident at a mine not at a reactor. Semantics.



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