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Review of NSW Radiation Control Act 1990

REVIEW OF NSW RADIATION CONTROL ACT 1990

Attention: NSW/ACT Branch Members

By now, you may be aware of the NSW EPA’s current review of the NSW Radiation Control Act 1990. An extract from the advice received, including the link to the discussion paper, is provided below.

To assist the ACPSEM in providing a robust response to this review, we ask that you consider doing 1 of 3 things:

  1. If you are providing an individual response to the review, please cc Susie Zhong and Zoe Moutrie (NSW Branch Chair) and, in so doing, permit the ACPSEM to refer to your points in its response.
  2. If you do not want to submit your own formal response but would like to assist ACPSEM with its own, please read through the paper and send any thoughts or comments to Susie. A simple list of dot points will suffice. Perfected sentences would be appreciated but are not a requirement.
  3. If you are a HURSOG member and assisting with the drafting of its own reply, please consider ccing Susie in any relevant correspondence. Doing so would indicate permission for ACPSEM to draw on your content. We will likely contact some of you individually.

THE CONSULTATION CLOSES ON 20 SEPTEMBER SO SUBMISSIONS WOULD BE APPRECIATED BY COB 15TH SEPTEMBER 2021.

Here is the information you need to get familiar with the consultation and its objectives:

The NSW Government is reviewing the Act to ensure that the objectives of the Act are still valid and the terms of the Act are able to secure those objectives.

The Act regulates radioactive substances and equipment in New South Wales, to ensure that radiation is used, stored and disposed of safely.

The Environment Protection Authority (EPA) has responsibilities under the Act, including issuing licences to manage or use radioactive substances and equipment, and regulating radiation practices in NSW.

The EPA has developed an Issues Paper as part of the review of the Act, in consultation with the Radiation Advisory Council and NSW government agencies. The Issues Paper will help individuals and organisations to provide submissions on the review of the Act.

Matters addressed in the Issues Paper include:
  • Policy objectives of the Act

  • Authorisation of radiation practices

  • Security of radioactive sources

  • Enforcement provisions

  • Radiation Advisory Council

The Issues Paper can be accessed at https://yoursay.epa.nsw.gov.au/radiation-control-act-review, where you can complete a survey or make a submission.

The consultation is open until 20 September 2021.

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