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National Radioactive Waste Management Facility

Leigh Crutchley,
Assistant Manager – Governance and Operations,
National Radioactive Waste Management Facility Task Force,
Department of Industry, Innovation and Science.

1 pm Thursday 24 August 2017.

AINSE Theatre, New Illawarra Road, Lucas Heights, NSW.

Meeting hosted by ANA.

Abstract:

The Government has established the National Radioactive Waste Management Facility Project (‘the Project’) to implement Australia’s radioactive waste management policy which requires that all waste generated in Australia be stored or disposed of within Australia at suitably sited facilities. This policy is aligned with the principles of a multilateral treaty ratified by the Australian Government with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) for the Joint Convention on the Safety of Spent Fuel Management and on the Safety of Radioactive Waste Management. While radioactive waste management in Australia is currently implemented through various State, Territory and Federal arrangements, there is no agreed national route for disposal and/or long term storage of Australia’s radioactive waste.

Work is underway to assess the suitability of sites that have been volunteered for a National Radioactive Waste Management Facility and preliminary design options are being developed as part of the business case.  This presentation will provide a comprehensive overview of the status of the Project and discuss the complex policy environment involved in establishing a National Radioactive Waste Management Facility.

 

About Leigh Crutchley

Leigh Crutchley is Assistant Manager – Governance and Operations with the National Radioactive Waste Management Task Force. In this role he is responsible for progressing the development of an Interim Waste Acceptance Criteria for the NRWMF, government and industry stakeholder engagement, as well as assisting on policy matters related to the National Radioactive Waste Management Facility.