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Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency (ARPANSA) asks people to comment on public health and radioactive waste dump

Advisory Note: Public health considerations for siting, construction and operation of a radioactive waste disposal facility,  Start/End Date: Monday 15 November 2021 – 09:00 to Wednesday 15 December 2021 

ARPANSA invites people and organisations interested in this advisory note to tell us their views on this topic. Go to their website to comment  https://www.arpansa.gov.au/advisory-note-public-health-considerations-siting-construction-and-operation-radioactive-waste?fbclid=IwAR0Z3RlSlkA8VJg-vLDDJUFnegLe8sYk5v_lIcGIFfGUv6Y9c3WabJldJCc

What is the purpose of this Advisory Note?

This advisory note provides an explanation of health and well-being as referred to in RPS C-3: Code for Disposal Facilities for Solid Radioactive Waste (ARPANSA 2018). It is intended to provide guidance on ARPANSA’s expectations for consideration of community well-being throughout the siting, construction and operation of a radioactive waste disposal facility.

disposal facility,  Start/End Date: Monday 15 November 2021 – 09:00 to Wednesday 15 December 2021 ARPANSA invites people and organisations interested in this advisory note to tell us their views on this topic.

What is the purpose of this Advisory Note?

This advisory note provides an explanation of health and well-being as referred to in RPS C-3: Code for Disposal Facilities for Solid Radioactive Waste (ARPANSA 2018). It is intended to provide guidance on ARPANSA’s expectations for consideration of community well-being throughout the siting, construction and operation of a radioactive waste disposal facility.

Once finalised, this advisory note will be published on ARPANSA’s website as supporting guidance to RPS C-3.

What is radioactive waste?

Radioactive waste is material with an activity content or concentration above a predefined level, for which no further use is foreseen. Disposal is the recognised end point for the management of radioactive waste under a hierarchy of waste controls; however, storage of some wastes for periods of tens of years is often a necessary precursor.

What is the exposure risk to the public and the environment?

Radioactive waste management includes the potential for people to be exposed to radiation during the operation and closure stages of a waste facility.  Therefore the operator must demonstrate that protection of people and the environment has been considered and that there will be minimal risk of any radiation exposure. In this regard, the operations and closure of waste facilities are regulated in the same way as any other radiation practice.

How is health defined in the Code for Disposal Facilities for Solid Radioactive Waste?

The Code references the World Health Organization (WHO) definition of health, where health is defined as a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity. The state of health and well-being of an impacted community throughout all stages of a proposed Disposal Facility informs the process of optimisation and decision making. 

disposal facility,  Start/End Date: Monday 15 November 2021 – 09:00 to Wednesday 15 December 2021 ARPANSA invites people and organisations interested in this advisory note to tell us their views on this topic.

What is the purpose of this Advisory Note?

This advisory note provides an explanation of health and well-being as referred to in RPS C-3: Code for Disposal Facilities for Solid Radioactive Waste (ARPANSA 2018). It is intended to provide guidance on ARPANSA’s expectations for consideration of community well-being throughout the siting, construction and operation of a radioactive waste disposal facility.

Once finalised, this advisory note will be published on ARPANSA’s website as supporting guidance to RPS C-3.

What is radioactive waste?

Radioactive waste is material with an activity content or concentration above a predefined level, for which no further use is foreseen. Disposal is the recognised end point for the management of radioactive waste under a hierarchy of waste controls; however, storage of some wastes for periods of tens of years is often a necessary precursor.

What is the exposure risk to the public and the environment?

Radioactive waste management includes the potential for people to be exposed to radiation during the operation and closure stages of a waste facility.  Therefore the operator must demonstrate that protection of people and the environment has been considered and that there will be minimal risk of any radiation exposure. In this regard, the operations and closure of waste facilities are regulated in the same way as any other radiation practice.

How is health defined in the Code for Disposal Facilities for Solid Radioactive Waste?

The Code references the World Health Organization (WHO) definition of health, where health is defined as a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity. The state of health and well-being of an impacted community throughout all stages of a proposed Disposal Facility informs the process of optimisation and decision making. 

How can consideration of community health and wellbeing be demonstrated? 

In demonstrating radiation protection of the public, the proponent also needs to demonstrate the health and well-being of the impacted community related to all stages of the proposed Disposal Facility and directly related to radiation exposure. 
An ethical and inclusive approach to engagement with the community allows all concerned parties are given the opportunity to participate in discussions and deliberations and ensures that decision-making takes into account their knowledge as well as their concerns over how the facility may affect them.

A description and discussion of health and well-being considerations should be included in the safety case for the facility. This should include the ongoing and interactive process of optimisation of radiation protection and the consideration of societal factors…..

Making a comment………

ARPANSA invites people and organisations interested in this advisory note to tell us their views on this topic.

November 23, 2021 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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