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ANSTO hoping to get into a lucrative nuclear waste disposal business

Australia ‘to lead in N-waste treatment’April 15, 2010 –  New Internationalist Australia is poised to lead the world in providing technology to clean up dangerous nuclear waste, the head of the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO) has announced in the US.
A day after 47 nations, including Australia, attended the Nuclear Security Summit hosted by US President Barack Obama in Washington DC where securing nuclear materials was one of the top issues, ANSTO chief executive Dr Adi Paterson launched a new initiative to tap into the growing global demand for the treatment of “difficult” nuclear wastes.

ANSTO is the world leader in hot isostatic pressing (HIP) technology and Dr Paterson was buoyed by the US Department of Energy’s (DoE) recent decision to select HIP as the technology to treat the radioactive wastes known as the Idaho Calcines.

“The DoE announcement is a turning point that will lead to widespread acceptance of the technology for legacy clean-up campaigns, not only in the United States, but around the world,” Dr Paterson told an Austrade event at the Australian Embassy in Washington DC on Wednesday (local time).

ANSTO plans to build a plant at Lucas Heights to process its waste from medical radioisotope production using HIP technology.

To address the growing global demand for the technology ANSTO announced it would establish a dedicated business group to pursue international opportunities.Australia ‘to lead in N-waste treatment’

April 16, 2010 - Posted by | AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, business | , , , , , ,

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