Australia’s only nuclear reactor leaked radioactive gas
Thursday June 15th 2006, 9:12 am

mmmm, yummy. Have a bite, Johnny.ANSTO reports that a burst pipe last week at the Lucas Heights nuclear reactor caused a release of radioactive xenon and krypton gases into its Sutherland Shire neighbourhood, in an event reminiscent of the Three Mile Island accident in the USA in 1979.

John Howard thinks that we need nuclear power stations in Australia.

I think that if we can’t keep even one very small scale research reactor totally sealed, he’s dead wrong.

Pull the other one, Johnny.


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After the Dioxins from Agent-Orange in the Harbour, And Olympic Park. Unfiltered tunnels. What’s a bit of Radioactive gas. Australia Poison it’s pple for a profit? Nothing New!

Comment by foxman 06.15.06 @ 9:38 am

Foxie, the Lucas Heights reactor is actually not a bad thing to have in Australia. Its primary job is to produce radioactive isotopes for medical use. It has had a good safety record over the years. This leak was small and probably will have an insignifcant effect on public health.

However, this leakage event does serve to reinforce the notion that the more nuclear reactors you have, the more possibilities you have for public safety hazards.

I think Americans are still thanking their lucky stars that Osama didn’t point one of the 9/11 airplanes into one of the many US nuke stations within a 757’s range for a tank of fuel. If they’re not, they’ve been comatose for about 5 years.

Comment by weez 06.15.06 @ 9:47 am

Couldn’t agree more weez, great original comments.

Comment by Princey 06.16.06 @ 7:25 pm

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