On 13 May 2014, the delegate of the CEO of ARPANSA decided to issue a licence to the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO) to prepare a site for, and construct a controlled facility (the ANSTO SyMo Facility) at the ANSTO Lucas Heights Science and Technology Centre.
Download a copy of the delegate of the CEO’s decision:
In making his decision, the delegate took into consideration the documentation submitted by ANSTO in support of the application as well as:
- the Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Act 1998 (the Act) and Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Regulations 1999
- the Regulatory Assessment Report:
- regulatory guidance developed for applicants and ARPANSA assessors
- international best practice in radiation protection and nuclear safety as it relates to the applications
- the decision of the Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Populations and Communities on the proposed facility under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999
- the Radiation Protection Series suite of documents, developed to support and promote national uniformity in radiation protection and nuclear safety across Australian jurisdictions
- consultations on the application held with the ARPANSA Nuclear Safety Committee, and
- public submissions received during the public consultation period including issues raised during the community information session held at the Engadine Community Centre, Sutherland, on 16 May 2013.
The licence is subject to conditions as specified in section 35 of the Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Act 1998.
The delegate of the CEO of ARPANSA has imposed the standard licence condition requiring quarterly reporting under section 35 (1) (c). The delegate of the CEO has also imposed a licence condition restricting ANSTO from undertaking any testing using radioactive material or full plant testing using non-radioactive material of the facility as part of the construction of the facility under this facility licence. ARPANSA proposes to authorise testing using radioactive material or full plant testing using non-radioactive material under the first phase of an operating licence authorisation, pending the results of a full scale trial.
The licence remains in force until it is cancelled or suspended under section 38 of the Act or until it is surrendered under section 39 of the Act.
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If you’d like to know more about the applications or the process for review see ANSTO ANM Mo99 and ANSTO SyMo application information.