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Activists descend on port ahead of nuclear waste ship’s arrival

By Emily Laurence and staff

Posted December 05, 2015 11:12:23

Greenpeace nuke ship Photo: Greenpeace activists track the BBC Shanghai. (Supplied: Greenpeace/Dominic Lorrimer)
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Map: Port Kembla 2505

A major safety operation is underway at Port Kembla, on the New South Wales south coast, exactly where a shipment of nuclear waste is due to arrive.

On board the BBC Shanghai is 25 tonnes of nuclear waste, processed in France, for lengthy-term storage in Australia.

Greenpeace activists have taken to the water and shore in protest of the ship’s arrival.

Much more than 50 water police were involved in on-water operations on jet skis, tactical response boats and command vessel Nemesis.

About 500 police will be involved in the land-primarily based operation as the waste is transported to the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO) facility at Lucas Heights, in Sydney’s south.

The Federal Government is in the process of obtaining a permanent internet site for the dump and the waste will be kept at ANSTO in the interim.

Six regions have been named on its shortlist, including three in South Australia.

South Australia is currently holding a royal commission to investigate whether or not the state ought to turn out to be more involved in the nuclear industry.

Public consultation about the website of a permanent waste facility is underway and the Federal Government will narrow down the list to just three web sites early next year.

Australians do not want waste, activists say

Greenpeace said the Australian public do not help the return of the nuclear waste.

It has commissioned a poll, displaying nearly 3 quarters of Australians oppose plans to store nuclear waste for other countries.

The ReachTEL poll conducted in November surveyed three,144 individuals.

It identified 72.1 per cent of respondents opposed the concept of relocating waste to Australia, 9.six per cent had been undecided and 18.3 per cent supported it.

The poll had a margin of error of 1.9 per cent.

BBC Shanghai Photo: BBC Shanghai is shipping 25 tonnes of reprocessed nuclear waste from France to Port Kembla. (Supplied: Greenpeace/Dominic Lorrimer)

Bringing reprocessed waste back to Australia

In the past two decades Australia has sent eight shiploads of waste overseas.

In the 1990s, the Federal Government created a deal with France to take some of our nuclear waste.

Australia does not have the capacity to reprocess it to make it protected for extended-term storage.

France has now completed that and what is left is on a ship coming residence.

Eight shipments have been sent to France, the United Kingdom and the United States in the 1990s and early 2000s.

The waste sent to the UK will return in the second half of this decade and the waste sent to the US will stay there.

Topics: nuclear-issues, nuclear-energy, environmental-impact, port-kembla-2505, nsw, australia

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Pirates attack foreign ships off Somalia

An armed Somali pirate along the coastline (January 2010)Image copyright AFP
Image caption Piracy in Somalia has declined considering that foreign navies started patrols

Pirates have attacked two foreign fishing trawlers off Somalia’s coast, seizing the crew of 1 of them, maritime experts and residents say.

A Thai trawler managed to escape, following a failed attempt on Monday to hijack it in waters off central Somalia, residents told the BBC.

Pirates had seized an Iranian-flagged vessel’s 15 crew following an attack in northern Somalia, officials mentioned.

Ships and their crew are mostly held for ransom in Somalia.

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  • Somalia warns of return to piracy

Piracy in the region was at its worst in 2011, when more than 700 folks had been taken hostage.

There has been a sharp decline given that then, with about 56 foreigners currently becoming held by pirates in Somalia, according to the AFP news agency.

The fall in piracy came right after foreign navies – such as these from the US and China – started patrolling the East African coast and private firms put armed guards on their ships.

The Iranian vessel was captured on Sunday, and appeared to be heading for the Somali coast with three pirates on board, stated John Steed from Oceans Beyond Piracy, which monitors piracy, AFP reports.

“The level of illegal fishing is prompting these sort of attacks, and the prospective for bringing piracy back,” Mr Steed warned.

Somalis have typically complained that foreign trawlers threaten the livelihoods of fishing communities along the coast, and this is the main cause of piracy.

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