Radioactive waste explained

Infographic: Radioactive waste is left after the production of Nuclear medicine and after research at universities, advanced industrial manufacturing and testing. Other low and intermediate waste types include soil, fire alarms, exit signs, paper, plastic, glassware and pieces of equipment from radioisotope-producing operations.


Infographic: This waste emits radiation as it decays. Radiation is the emission of energy as electomagnetic waves or as moving particles. Contamination is the release of this radioactive material into unwanted location. The negative effects of radiation and contamination are avoided by multiple layers of shielding


Infographic: Currently, waste is stored at more than 100 sites in Australia.


Infographic: Australian governments strictly control radioactive waste management through treatment, measurement and containment.


Infographic: Problem: multiple stores sites is not international best practice. A single facility will also be more cost-effective for taxpayers. ANSTO at Lucas Heights - which manges most of our waste - is running out of storage space.


Infographic: Aim: build a single storage facility to permanently dispose of low-level and temporarily store Australia's intermediate-level radioactive waste.

 


Infographic: The storage facility operates for 100 years - the time in which most of the low level waste will decay. Monitored for 200-300 years.