Greens oppose plan to transport uranium by truck


Greens oppose Cameco’s plans to truck uranium through Western Australian cities and towns

Greens oppose plan to transport uranium by truck
Greens oppose plan to transport uranium by truck

March 31, 2011

Greens Senator Scott Ludlam has slammed Canadian company Cameco’s plans to truck uranium through Western Australian cities and towns, saying he is concerned for the residents’ wellbeing.

Cameco plans to transport 3,600 tonnes of uranium oxide concentrates by truck from the Kintyre project past Port Headland and through Newman, Meekatharra, Mount Magnet and Leonora.

Ludlum says the site is next to Rudall River alongside the Karlamilyi National Park.

"There are a significant number of freight accidents in WA each year but that’s just part of the concern," Ludlam says.

"This is a project that goes wrong at every turn, planned by a company with an appalling history.

"The residents along this uranium trail will no doubt be very concerned."

Cameco Australia Managing Director Brian Reilly says Cameco and the Joint Venture Project Team has been consulting extensively with key stakeholders along the proposed route and will continue to do so.

"Cameco has an excellent track record globally and has been transporting uranium safely for many years," Reilly says.

"The risk is very low, in fact lower than many other materials that are routinely shipped by road, rail and marine.

"A person sitting on a sea container loaded with uranium concentrate for a week would receive about the same dosage of radiation as a passenger flying from Australia to Canada and back."

Cameco will study the proposed mine’s impacts on the environment and community including water, dust, transport and radiation.

"Uranium mines are generally on a much smaller scale than other mines involving less physical disturbance," Reilly says.

"Uranium mines are also more heavily regulated than other mines and meets higher standards for environmental protections and occupational health and safety."

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