ARPANSA is engaging in public consultation on the draft Guide for Classification of Radioactive Waste (Radiation Protection Series G-4).
In April 2010, ARPANSA published the Safety Guide for Classification of Radioactive Waste, Radiation Protection Series No. 20 (RPS 20). This guide sets out non-prescriptive, best-practice guidance for classifying radioactive waste and was based on the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)’s General Safety Guide: Classification of Radioactive Waste, GSG-1 (IAEA 2009).
Recently, the Radiation Health Committee (RHC) found that RPS 20 does not fully align with IAEA GSG-1, and other RPS and IAEA documents. The non-alignment is described below:
In order to address the discrepancies the Guide has been revised and presented at the RHC meeting in July 2019 and the RHC agreed to amend the guide.
The objectives of the revision are to ensure that:
No. The Office of Best Practice Regulation (OBPR) advised ARPANSA that no consultation Regulatory Impact Statement was necessary for the revised Guide. The proposed changes do not involve any mandatory requirements. The proposed amendment of RPS 20 in line with GSG-1 will ensure compliance with IAEA standard for classification of waste that would provide a high degree of harmonisation and guidance on practices and management of radioactive waste.
As many public consultations attract high levels of interest, we prefer to accept submissions via the online webform available below. Our website is secure and is suitable for uploading submissions. You should use the template provided below to prepare your submission. If the template is not used your submission may not be considered.
You can submit by email, but please be aware that this is not an automated process and it may take longer for you to receive an acknowledgement that your submission has been received, and for us to publish your submission on our website. You can email your submission to stakeholdercommentarpansa.gov.au.
You have the option to remain anonymous by selecting 'Remain Anonymous' in the web form below. Comments made on submissions by other parties will not be published.
We have prepared a guide on how to make a submission on this public consultation.
Making a submission on a draft document
Comments template (RPS G-4)
DRAFT - Guide for Classification of Radioactive Waste (RPS G-4)
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