Australian Greens to stop uranium projects

08:35, September 14, 2010      

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The Australian Greens on Tuesday said the party will use their alliance with federal Labor to stop all new uranium projects from securing government approval.

Greens nuclear spokesman Scott Ludlam told The Australian newspaper his party would use its power to attempt to stop planned uranium mines, including those proposed by BHP Billiton and Cameco, one of the world's largest publicly traded uranium companies.

Senator Ludlam also said he would be seeking to phase out Australia's three existing uranium mines as soon as possible and put a halt to exports.

"We don't believe another kilogram of this material should come out of the ground," Ludlam told the newspaper.

"It is one of the most volatile and destructive trades that there is."

The Greens' strong election result and its Senate balance of power role from July had strengthened its push to ban uranium mining, and to stop a nuclear power industry emerging in Australia.

"If the uranium mining industry is feeling nervous about the fact that 1.7 million Australians voted for that explicit position, then they should feel nervous," he said.

Source: Xinhua


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