Australian Nuclear Fuel Cycle '16 (ANFC16)
Managing Radioactive Waste & Spent Nuclear Fuel

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This conference followed the publication of the final report by the Nuclear Fuel Cycle Royal Commission in South Australia. This report recommended the South Australian Government to pursue the opportunity to establish spent nuclear fuel and intermediate level waste storage and disposal facilities in South Australia. The report also recommended the removal of existing legislative roadblocks to enable the development of multilateral facilities to manage spent nuclear fuel. This proposal is being evaluated at this time. A policy announcement was anticipated at the time of ANFC16.

From many perspectives, this is potentially a game-changing event for the nuclear industry. The establishment of a spent nuclear fuel management facility in South Australia would provide a realistic solution for managing the back-end of the fuel cycle. Such a program would deliver material, global benefits for safeguards and security and reduction of global carbon emissions as well as providing major economic benefits to South Australia.   

A spent nuclear fuel facility could be supported by fuel leasing where fuel containing Australian uranium would be leased to users and the used spent fuel returned to Australia for management and disposal. Given the size of the uranium reserve in Australia, it could alter nearly every commercial aspect of the nuclear fuel cycle and bring major economic benefits to South Australia.

The decision to proceed with a spent nuclear fuel facility in South Australia will require approval of the South Australian people and its government. The public debate is active and ongoing. South Australians must carefully evaluate if such a venture, sponsored by the government, is consistent with the social contract. 

The decision to proceed with a spent nuclear fuel facility in South Australia will require approval of the South Australian people and its government. The public debate is active and ongoing. South Australians must carefully evaluate if such a venture, sponsored by the government, is consistent with the social contract. 

 

Rear Admiral the Honourable, Kevin Scarce
Chancellor of the University of Adelaide and former Chairman of the Nuclear Fuel Cycle Royal Commission
Mr. Jim McDowell
Chairman of the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation and Chancellor of the University of South Australia

Ms. Irena Mele
Special Advisor, Division of Nuclear Fuel Cycle and Waste Technology
International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)

 

This conference was an open and a mature discussion of an issue relevant to South Australia. Our three Keynote Speakers were Rear Admiral the Honourable Kevin Scarce, formerly the Chairman of the Nuclear Fuel Cycle Royal Commission, and Chancellor of University of Adelaide; Mr. Jim McDowell, Chairman of the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation and Chancellor of the University of South Australia and Ms. Irena Mele, Special Advisor, Division of Nuclear Fuel Cycle and Waste Technology International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

The Opening Session and Keynote Address were followed by a number of panel sessions addressing key aspects of the spent fuel management and the fuel leasing concept. The conference included a dedicated panel session to consider the views of Aboriginal people, an essential criterion of any successful program. ANFC16 also included a full panel session to discuss alternative views including speakers who oppose managing spent fuel in South Australia.


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