Antinuclear

Australian news, and some related international items

Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency Key explanatory ARPANSA quotes on nuclear waste management in Australia.

ARPANSA approves nuclear waste storage at Lucas Heights, Sydney until 2037 [So Kimba dump not only unwise, but also unnecessary]

In light of the established feasible alternative for decades of Extended Storage of ANSTO nuclear wastes at the existing Lucas Heights site there is now no credible reason to proceed with proposals for indefinite above ground storage of ANSTO nuclear wastes at Napandee near Kimba on Eyre Peninsula in SA.
Secure storage of ANSTO nuclear waste at Lucas Heights has been extended out to 2037 by the federal nuclear regulator ARPANSA (16 March 2022) see: 

ARPANSA approves siting licence for ANSTO waste facility | ARPANSA

An important consideration in granting the ILWCI siting licence was the conceptual safety and security design of the facility“, says Dr Carl-Magnus Larsson, Chief Executive Officer of ARPANSA. 

This follows a $60 million investment by the federal gov in extended storage at Lucas Heights, made last year.

A detailed Statement of Reasons and the Regulatory Assessment Report for the newly issued licence to site the ILWCI Facility at Lucas Heights can be found in the following documents:

PDF
                              icon Regulatory Assessment Report – A0339 Siting Licence for ILWCI FacilityPDF iconCEO Statement of Reasons – A0339 ILWCI Facility Siting Licence Application –

Unions SA have a clear position (March 2022): 

“Unions SA stands with Traditional Owners in rejecting nuclear waste dump

The Liberals want to dump nuclear waste in Kimba, South Australia.

Don’t let them!

We stand with the Traditional Owners against the dump.

This election, stand up for SA’s future.”

SA Unions > SA Unions stands with Traditional Owners in rejecting nuclear waste dump

For further info see David Noonan Submission No.1 to the CEO of ARPANSA (Nov 2021) on the Feasible Alternative of storing ANSTO’s “highly hazardous” nuclear fuel waste and ILW at Lucas Heights:
Public Submission 1 (arpansa.gov.au)

ConclusionExtended storage of ANSTO’s ILW on-site at Lucas Heights is a warranted public interest

measure and a necessary Safety Contingency until availability of a final disposal option.

For further info see David Noonan Submission No.1 to the CEO of ARPANSA (Nov 2021) on the Feasible Alternative of storing ANSTO’s “highly hazardous” nuclear fuel waste and ILW at Lucas Heights:
Public Submission 1 (arpansa.gov.au)

ConclusionExtended storage of ANSTO’s ILW on-site at Lucas Heights is a warranted public interest

measure and a necessary Safety Contingency until availability of a final disposal option.

And a 2 page Brief:”Why impose indefinite storage of ANSTO nuclear waste onto SA when its already in secure Extended Storage at Lucas Heights?” 

 (DN, August 2021)

citing Recommendations by MAPW:

• an open and independent review of nuclear waste production and disposal in Australia, and • progressing a shift to cyclotron rather that reactor-based production of isotopes for nuclear medicine as rapidly as feasible.–

April 2, 2022 - Posted by | AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, Federal nuclear waste dump

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