2 October 2023

ARPANSA regulates Commonwealth entities that use or produce radiation. 

The Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO) is one of ARPANSA’s major licence holders and has submitted an application to decommission a nuclear installation, known as the High Flux Australian Reactor (HIFAR), at Lucas Heights Science and Technology Centre in Lucas Heights, New South Wales.

ARPANSA CEO, Dr Gillian Hirth, intends to make a decision in relation to the licence application.

The licence application is currently open for public feedback and we are particularly interested in hearing from members of the local community in the Sutherland Shire in Greater Sydney.

Prior to making any decision, Dr Hirth will consider all input gathered as part of the consultation process.

ARPANSA will be hosting an online forum to provide an outline of the application and the review and decision-making process. This will provide information to interested people to support their engagement in the consultation process.

The online forum aims to provide information to the community about the application and the consultation process. Participants are then welcomed to make a formal submission to the consultation process.

The online forum will include presentations covering: 

  • An overview of the proposed decommissioning application
  • The ARPANSA regulatory assessment process for this licence application
  • Information on how to make submissions to the formal consultation. 

 There will also be an opportunity for questions from attendees. 

The online forum will take place on Monday 9 October from 6pm AEDT. 

To register for this event, please contact public.submissions@arpansa.gov.au

Registrations close 12pm AEDT, Monday 9 October 2023.

For further information or to make a submission to the consultation visit: HIFAR Decommissioning Phase A licence application. Submissions close Monday 8 December 2023.

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