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Unfinished business: Rehabilitating the Ranger uranium mine

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From ancient rock formations to mountains swirled with ochre, this continent is a geological wonderland.

Some of our minerals are even vibrant green – and radioactive. In fact, around a third of the world’s uranium reserves are found in Australia.

But mining these radioactive rocks pollutes our air, soil and water. It can damage the genetic and reproductive systems of plants, animals and people. 

All of Australia’s operating uranium mines have a history of leaks, spills and accidents – and none have ever been properly rehabilitated. And there is no secure, long-term solution to cope with the millions of tonnes of radioactive waste from mining operations, or the more risky and longer-lived radioactive waste from power stations.

Yet for two decades now, successive governments have tried to impose uranium mines and radioactive waste dumps on unwilling remote communities. Right now, they're pushing to ship, store and bury national radioactive waste on Aboriginal country in South Australia, even though SA said no being an international waste dump.

Decisions on handling radioactive waste last longer than this generation.

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Clean energy, nuclear free

For decades now, ACF has united communities for a nuclear-free future. We are tirelessly opposing uranium mining and radioactive waste dumps, and highlighting their threats to our land, water, Indigenous cultures and local communities.

Dirty and dangerous fuels like uranium, coal, oil and gas have no place in Australia’s energy mix. We can power Australia with clean energy and leave uranium in the ground. Our energy future is sun and wind-powered.

Together we’re:

  • Directing a powerful, united movement at state and federal governments so they rule out all uranium mining – for good
  • Facilitating a continuing public debate about the risks and responsibilities of our involvement in the global nuclear trade
  • Standing in solidarity with Aboriginal and rural communities who are concerned about plans to pollute their air, soil and water
  • Tirelessly advocating for the responsible management of radioactive waste in Australia and an active transition away from producing more

Get involved! Sign the petition to say no to a radioactive waste dump in Kimba or the Flinder Ranges in South Australia. Then chip in to power this campaign!

South Australia is too good to waste. #nuclearfree #yourSAynuclear #DontDumpOnSA https://acf.to/w

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Read the latest news, and find the actions you can take to make Australia nuclear free.

Federal radioactive waste agency flawed from day one

News | 21 July 20

Comprehensive and credible clean up of Ranger is critical for Kakadu – and Rio Tinto’s reputation

News | 29 May 20
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Submission into Radioactive Waste Management Amendment Bill

Fukushima nine years on: Warnings for Australia

News | 15 March 20

Nuclear free has served NSW well and should remain

News | 04 March 20

Prudent nuclear ban should remain: ACF

News | 13 December 19

Sign the open letter to Keith Pitt: Be responsible about radioactive waste, keep our communties safe!

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Wide community opposition to nuclear power

News | 16 September 19
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Ranger mine is closing: What happens next?

Minister knew controversial WA uranium mine approval could lead to extinction of species

News | 04 July 19