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Parliamentary Questions

Question Without Notice No. 52 asked in the Legislative Council on 14 February 2019 by Hon Robin Chapple

Minister responding: Hon R.H. Cook
Parliament: 40 Session: 1

Answered on 14 February 2019


52. Hon ROBIN CHAPPLE to the parliamentary secretary representing the Minister for Health:

I refer to Tellus Holdings Ltd's Sandy Ridge project.

(1) Why is the Tellus waste acceptance criterion 100 000 becquerels per gram for uranium-238, when the laws of physics dictate that the highest possible value for pure metallic uranium-238 is around 12 400 becquerels per gram?

(2) Did Tellus do a full radiological characterisation of the site?

(3) If no to (2), why not?

(4) Did Tellus measure the concentrations of all relevant radionuclides in the soil, water and air on site?

(5) If no to (4), why not?


I thank the honourable member for some notice of the question. I am advised as follows.

(1) The waste acceptance criteria are currently under review and yet to be fully assessed. Any issues identified in the current criteria will be addressed during the review and assessment process.

(2) The extensive documentation provided by Tellus is yet to be fully reviewed and will be subject to review by not only the Radiological Council and its officers but also independent experts.

(3)–(5) Refer to (2).