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Nuclear rods raise security concerns for Sydney

A shipment of spent nuclear fuel that should have been in France months ago is still at the Lucas Heights reactor and is likely to remain there until the end of the year despite heightened security risks. And the Federal Government has refused to be drawn on whether the next shipment will leave from Port Kembla. The Government had allocated $14million to remove 300 to 400 fuel rods from storage, check them and store them in special transport containers by the end of June. But, according to the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation, the shipment has been postponed “for operational reasons”. Labor’s science and research spokesman, Kim Carr, said nuclear facilities and waste products were attractive to terrorists. “Terrorism has forced a rethink of Australia’s nuclear plans; for example, the flimsy metal screen designed to cover the new Australian research reactor was only meant to deflect small aircraft, not large commercial jetliners.” Full Story

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