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Invitation to Make Submissions

SUBMISSIONS CLOSED 28 MARCH 2014

19 February 2014

INVITATION TO MAKE SUBMISSIONS
Code of Practice for the Safe Transport of Radioactive Material (2014)


ARPANSA invited submissions on the draft Code of Practice for the Safe Transport of Radioactive Material (2014).

Transport of radioactive material by road, rail or inland waterways in Australia is currently carried out under Radiation Protection Series No. 2 Code of Practice for the Safe Transport of Radioactive Material (2008) (RPS2). This Code incorporates the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Regulations for the Safe Transport of Radioactive Material 2005 Edition. Since RPS2 was promulgated however, the IAEA has twice revised their transport regulations, the latest being incorporated in their Regulations for the Safe Transport of Radioactive Material 2012 Edition (Specific Safety Requirements SSR-6).

The Australian Maritime Safety Authority and the Civil Aviation Safety Authority are expected to adopt SSR-6 into their respective legal documents on 1 January 2015. As such, regulation of road, rail and inland waterway shipments of radioactive material will be out-of-step with the air and sea shipment of radioactive material in Australia beyond that date if RPS2 is not updated. It is therefore proposed that SSR-6 be incorporated into a revised version of RPS2 beforehand.

The differences between RPS2 and the proposed 2014 Transport Code have been assessed and most changes are largely machinery, grammatical or for clarification. The changes are therefore considered to be minor and have negligible effect on Australian stakeholders.

A preliminary assessment has been carried out on the impacts of the proposed 2014 Transport Code. It is not expected that there would be any significant costs to businesses involved in the transport of radioactive material as they would already be complying with RPS2. None of the changes would limit the ability of businesses to compete in an open market nor would they alter stakeholders’ incentives to compete in the market place. In view of the low or negligible costs of implementing the proposed 2014 Transport Code, no further regulatory analysis is to be carried out.

Consultation Documents

  • Draft Code of Practice for the Safe Transport of Radioactive Material (2014)
    (Schedule 1 includes a link to the IAEA’s SSR-6, which will be reproduced in full in the final version of the Code of Practice):
    PDF 419 kb | Doc 454 kb
  • Paper outlining the differences between RPS2 and the proposed code:
    PDF 287 kb | Doc 796 kb
  • Explanatory information for a revised Code of Practice for the Safe Transport of Radioactive Material:
    PDF 112 kb | Doc 691 kb
  • Best Practice Regulation Preliminary Assessment:
    PDF 92 kb | Doc 749 kb
  • Invitation to Make Submissions:
    PDF 145 kb | Doc 72 kb

All submissions will be held in a register of submissions, and unless marked confidential, may be made public.

Public submissions closed on 28 March 2014.

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