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Australians have benefited from the local production of nuclear medicine, technological and minerals research undertaken by scientists and engineers at ANSTO. Learn more

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What is radioactive waste?

Radioactive waste can be classified into three main categories - low, intermediate and high. Learn more

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Managing waste at ANSTO

ANSTO has safely managed its radioactive waste for more than 60 years. Waste is managed in accordance with national and international standards. Learn more.

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Managing the return of waste

In line with international best practice and agreements made in the 1990's, Australian spent fuel was reprocessed in France and returned to Australia for safe storage. Learn more.

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Transporting radioactive waste

Strict international regulations govern the transport of radioactive material to ensure the safety of the public and the environment. Learn more

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FAQ's about managing the return of waste

Q. How was the intermediate level waste be transported?

The intermediate level waste was transported from France in a dedicated, nuclear category rated ship.

Q. Where will the intermediate level waste be stored?

The intermediate level waste is being stored in a purpose-built interim waste store at ANSTO, subject to regulatory approvals by the independent Australian nuclear regulator.

Q. Why was interim waste store built at Lucas Heights?

Under contracts signed by the Australian Government in the 1990s, Australian is obliged to ensure that the intermediate level waste is dispatched from France to Australia before December 2015. 

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