Talk:Jervis Bay Nuclear Power Plant proposal
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The SGHWR was a steam generating heavy water reactor, and only ever existed as a prototype, at Winfrith Heath in Dorset in the UK. Had they won this tender they may well have received another from South Africa, but they never received any orders at all, and the prototype closed down some years later. Andrewa 03:23, 17 August 2005 (UTC)
One point that should be addressed in this article would be the issue of how it relates to the potential for an Australian nuclear weapon. The ABC's 4 Corners program claimed in a recent program that the decision to pursue nuclear power was directly related to John Gorton and bureaucrat Philip Baxter's desire to give Australia the option of making nuclear weapons if it so chose. While, in normal operation, nuclear plants don't make bomb-grade plutonium, as I understand things it certainly *could have been* be operated in such a fashion. If it's a heavy water reactor, Australia wouldn't even have had to master uranium enrichment to get the bomb (but would have had to use an implosion design rather than the almost trivially easy gun bomb). --Robert Merkel 05:36, 30 August 2005 (UTC)
The site is visible on the right hand side - here: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=h&om=1&z=14&ll=-35.128473,150.728559&spn=0.063178,0.072956
Does anyone know the proper wikipedia style for merging that into the main article? I couldn't find one.
Letter as a source
The following text has been added, citing an unpublished letter as a source:
Organizations like the World Union for Protection of Life, the Ecology Action and the Society for Responsibilty in Science had tried to ward off the dangers connected with the nuclear power plant.
WP:RS says that "Articles should be based on reliable, third-party, published sources with a reputation for fact-checking and accuracy." As this is not the case here, I plan to remove the above text. Johnfos (talk) 00:11, 2 August 2008 (UTC)
- The text is back in for some reason, and it's now linking to a US TV station. In any case I can't see why the text is there in the first place - there is no apparent link to the power plant proposal (being dated 1972) - so have deleted it . 184.108.40.206 (talk) 02:46, 11 June 2010 (UTC)
- Letter from Harry F. Kurth, World Union for Protection of Life, President of the South East Asia and Oceanic Region, to Joshua Lederberg, 8 April 1972