Here’s an interesting quote from an article about the pros …

Comment on Hazardous waste facility near Alice recommended by EPA by Alex Nelson.

Here’s an interesting quote from an article about the pros and cons of uranium mining in the Northern Territory which was a major topic of debate 40 years ago: “Among the possibilities for ultimate disposal of the wastes are storage in stable geological formations on land, in ice sheets or in the sea bed; and transmutation of the wastes in a nuclear reactor.
“At present, the most favoured solution is storage in underground salt deposits.
“As these deposits were formed many millions of years ago, and salt is soluble in water, their very existence is proof of their stability” (Centralian Advocate, June 30, 1977).
The article concludes: “However, the facts are inescapable. Uranium mining is as safe as, if not safer than, any other form of mining.
“The nuclear power industry has a safety record which is the envy of all other industries.
“The problems of nuclear waste disposal are being solved in the same way as scientists have solved other problems of modern technology as they arise.”
It’s worth noting that the Labor Party was calling for a moratorium on uranium mining to consider all the implications while the CLP was champing at the bit to allow the industry to proceed because of the major financial benefits that would accrue to the Northern Territory’s economy.
Now where have I heard that one recently? What a gasser!

Recent Comments by Alex Nelson

The elusive goal of deep shade in Alice
@ Domenico Pecorari (Posted December 10, 2019 at 11:02 am): Isn’t this a telling observation: “Groundwater levels recorded at many key monitoring bores within the Alice Springs Town Basin aquifer are (as of April 2019) at their lowest levels in recent history, and have declined below their previous low levels recorded during 2008-09 at many locations.”
The year 2009 is currently the driest on record for Alice Springs – the total for the year was 76.8mm, and about 5mm less than the previous record set in 1965, the last full year of the 1960s drought (and it’s not generally remembered there was widespread tree mortality across the region during the early 1960s).
The town basin provided the water supply for Alice Springs at the time, and restrictions were a normal part of life.
So far this year only 53.4mm of rainfall has been recorded at the Alice Springs Airport, and there’s only three weeks left to go.
That’s only a smidgeon above two inches of rain for the year, and almost an inch lower than the 2009 total.
There is a high probability that the record for driest year in the Alice won’t just be broken, it will be smashed out of the ball park.
We also need to take into account the hotter weather we’ve experienced for longer periods of time which means that evaporation rates are substantially higher.
Small wonder that trees are struggling.


PowerWater, Territory Generation CEOs sacked
@ Evelyne Roullet (Posted December 9, 2019 at 11:47 am): Yes, we can sack the government but we just have to wait patiently for the NT elections in August next year.
I think there’s more than a few of us willing to wield lethal pencils on the ballot papers.


65 years of history now a pile of rubble
@ L Westerdale (Posted December 5, 2019 at 11:57 am): You say the old high school was only used for its intended purpose for 20 years?
Alice Springs Higher Primary School (equivalent to modern middle schools), 1953-60 – that’s eight years; then Alice Springs High School, 1961-72 – that’s another 12 years; then Anzac Hill High School, 1987-2009 – another 23 years.
Hmm, let’s see: 8 + 12 = 20; then 20 + 23 = 43. Yep, that’s right, 43 years as an upper primary and secondary school, not including the overlap with other roles and functions.
As recent national media reports have noted, Australia’s performance in secondary education of science, maths and reading is declining and below the average of OECD nations (and it seems some adults are the ones showing the way for today’s students).
As a nation we have a low regard for science and education, and in the Northern Territory we far prefer to preserve old gaols than we do old schools – a fact never better demonstrated than under the current Gunner Government which has overseen the rejection of two heritage nominations for former schools.
What was the Labor slogan from about two decades ago? Something about Australia being a “clever country?”


Claire Hockridge found dead
@ Ted Egan (Posted December 4, 2019 at 7:55 am): “When will they ever learn?”
We live in a time where the recent arrivals all know better than those who have lived here for far longer.
Experience, and the knowledge borne from it, counts for very little – almost nothing – in this age of tertiary tyranny where everything requires little tickets of paper with extra letters after your name to “prove” you know anything.
It’s not just hapless people lost in the bush who fall victim to this stupidity, just look at the general situation with so many well-paid qualified professional experts in charge of it all.
Such people can’t afford to learn anything for fear of looking inadequate in front of their peers.
And thus ineptitude and incompetency reigns supreme over us all.


Pastoralist finds alive the second of the three missing
It’s a matter of considerable concern that the bogged vehicle was located in a creek bed about 22 km east of the Stuart Highway in the vicinity of Stuarts Well, as that is not far to go to seek help.
Many years ago I crashed my car on a remote track 30 km west of Giles Weather Station – it’s the only vehicle accident I’ve ever experienced (touch wood) but fortunately the worst I suffered was injured pride.
However, my predicament was that I had travelled 15 km from a junction on the main road and it was late February, the hottest time of year.
To cut a long story short, I ended up walking about 29 km back to Giles (I got a lift for the last kilometre) which I did in a day.
I knew where I was and which direction I had to go.
The fact that the missing people near Stuarts Well set out to walk 22 km westwards towards the Stuart Highway almost a fortnight ago suggests something has gone seriously wrong.


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