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Australian Government Coat of Arms

Budget | 2015-16

Budget 2015-16
Australian Government Coat of Arms, Budget 2015-16

Part 3: Capital Measures (continued)

Industry and Science

Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation — interim radioactive waste storage

Capital ($m)
2014‑15 2015‑16 2016‑17 2017‑18 2018‑19
Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation 4.7 9.0 8.7

The Government will provide $22.3 million over three years from 2015‑16 to enable the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO) to rationalise existing radioactive waste stores and increase interim waste storage capacity at its Lucas Heights site in New South Wales. The measure will provide additional storage capacity for up to 45 cubic metres of intermediate level waste and 1,200 cubic metres of low level waste.

ANSTO's current waste storage facilities are expected to reach full capacity by 2017. The measure will ensure ANSTO can continue to store additional radioactive waste beyond 2017, pending the establishment of the National Radioactive Waste Management Facility.

Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation — repatriation of intermediate level radioactive waste

Capital ($m)
2014‑15 2015‑16 2016‑17 2017‑18 2018‑19
Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation 4.5 4.1 5.0 6.4
Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation 0.2 1.5 4.0 1.1

The Government will provide $26.8 million over four years from 2015‑16 (including $20.0 million in capital funding) to enable the return of intermediate level radioactive waste from the United Kingdom by 2019‑20 in accordance with an intergovernmental agreement. The repatriated waste will be stored at the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation's facilities at Lucas Heights pending transfer to the future National Radioactive Waste Management Facility.