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Australians benefit enormously from nuclear medicine and research activities. 1 in 2 Australians will use nuclear medicine in their lifetime. With these benefits comes a responsibility to manage radioactive waste.
Currently, Australia’s radioactive waste is stored in more than 100 locations around the country.
We need a single, safe, purpose-built radioactive waste management facility.
We’re considering 3 voluntarily nominated sites.
Our community engagement is on-going and the facility will be located only where it’s broadly supported.
We’re responsible for establishing a national radioactive waste management facility (NRWMF) under the National Radioactive Waste Management Act 2012.
We acknowledge the traditional custodians of this land and celebrate their ongoing culture and contribution to society.
The NRWMF will permanently dispose of low-level radioactive waste and temporarily store intermediate-level waste.
Low-level radioactive waste can include:
Intermediate-level radioactive waste examples include:
Radioactive waste management involves the treatment, conditioning, transportation, storage and disposal of radioactive waste, including administrative, operational and safety-related activities.
Community consultation is an important part of establishing the NRWMF. We seek community feedback and advice on a number of key aspects including:
We’ve held many community information sessions with talks from a variety of experts, including:
There are 2 community consultative committees who advise us regularly:
Last updated: 8 March 2019
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