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Managing our waste

Radioactive waste is a by-product of the past and current activities of ANSTO. Over the past 67 years, ANSTO, and previously the Australian Atomic Energy Commission (AAEC), has safely and reliably managed these waste holdings at its Lucas Heights campus in Sydney.

Work is underway to prepare radioactive waste for longer-term storage at the National Radioactive Waste Management Facility (NRWMF) when this becomes available.

Key projects during the reporting period include the development of a new medium to long-term plan for managing the Little Forest Legacy Site. The defueled and shutdown High Flux Australian Reactor (HIFAR) continues to be monitored and maintained in anticipation of future planned decommissioning activities.

Construction of the first-of-a-kind SYMO - Synroc waste treatment facility is on track to treat liquid waste by-products from the manufacture of nuclear medicine.

Internal view of Integrated Waste Management Facility building
Integrated Waste Management Facility extension