Ten years’ worth of nuclear waste from Australia’s only reactor will be exported for reprocessing in a secretive high-security operation later this year. Spent nuclear fuel waste from the Open-Pool Australian Lightwater (OPAL) reactor will be taken to a French facility, then return Down Under for storage. The OPAL reactor — located at Lucas Heights in Sydney’s south — has a radioactive “core” about the size of a bar fridge and produces radioisotopes for industrial and medical use, including cancer treatment. It is operated by the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO). Over the past decade, spent fuel rods have filled up a storage pond that sits aside the reactor, which is the size of a small swimming pool.
ABC 12th April 2018 read more »
An out-of-control bushfire blazing through south-west Sydney could hit the nuclear reactor at Lucas Heights, and spot fires have broken out at the Holsworthy military barracks. The bushfire, which jumped Heathcote Road and has already burnt through 980 hectares of land, is still out of control and being spread by strong winds.
Daily Mail 15th April 2018 read more »
There was no immediate concern for the Lucas Heights nuclear reactor but authorities were prepared if the facility is threatened, the RFS commissioner said.
Guardian 15th April 2018 read more »