25 November 2021

ARPANSA has released a draft advisory note on the public health considerations for disposal of radioactive waste.

The advisory note informs how health and well-being will be considered as part of licence applications such as those relating to the government’s proposed National Radioactive Waste Management Facility (NRWMF).

ARPANSA is inviting interested stakeholders to provide feedback on the advisory note through an online consultation process.

‘This advisory note establishes an inclusive approach to community engagement when assessing potential impacts on health and well-being,’ said Dr Rick Tinker, Director Assessment and Advice at ARPANSA.

‘It is important that regulatory decisions take into account relevant social and psychosocial considerations in making an overall assessment of health impact.’

‘We are seeking input from industry, regulators, government and members of the public to engage in the consultation process.’

The Australian Radioactive Waste Agency (ARWA) has announced an intention to establish a NRWMF in Napandee, near Kimba in South Australia. ARPANSA has not yet received any licence applications relating to the NRWMF. 

The development of this advisory note forms part of ARPANSA’s preparations in anticipation of receiving a siting licence application in the coming years. 

To provide feedback on the content of the advisory note, please fill out the form available on the Have Your Say section of ARPANSA’s website.

Submissions close at 5pm AEDT on Wednesday 15 December.

The advisory note will support ARPANSA’s role as the independent regulator of Commonwealth entities that use or produce radiation and ensure that community safety and wellbeing remain at the core of our work.

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