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Date: 29 November 2013

ARPANSA CEO's Decision on ANSTO's Interim Waste Store

Australia's nuclear watchdog, the Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency (ARPANSA) has issued licences to site and construct an intermediate-level radioactive waste storage facility at Lucas Heights in New South Wales.

The Lucas Heights centre is owned by the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO) and will receive radioactive waste arising from spent fuel Australia sent to France for reprocessing.  The spent fuel sent to France was from the High Flux Australian Reactor and will return to Australia in an inert form in 2015.

The decision by ARPANSA to allow ANSTO to commence work on the storage facility followed a thorough assessment by the Agency taking into consideration world best practice in the storage of inert radioactive waste and following open consultation with the community.

ARPANSA considers the storage facility to be an interim measure which should not delay the development of a proper long-term strategy for the storage of radioactive waste and the establishment of a national radioactive waste management facility.

For more information see the ARPANSA CEO's decision on ANSTO's Interim Waste Store.

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