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Notice given 18 December 2008

1196  Senator Ludlam: To ask the Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research—

(1) (a) When the OPAL research reactor is operating at full capacity, what is the heat output per cubic metre of spent nuclear fuel when it is first removed from the reactor; and (b) if the answer to (a) is above 2kW/m3, after what period of time does the heat output fall below 2kW/m3.

(2) What is the heat output for a single spent fuel element when first removed from the reactor.

(3) What is the volume of each spent fuel element.

(4) How many spent fuel elements does the OPAL reactor discharge annually.

(5) Can a full list be provided of the names, quantities and half-lives of radionuclides contained in spent nuclear fuel when it is first removed from the OPAL reactor.

(6) Can detailed information be provided on medical radioisotope supply arrangements during the periods when the OPAL reactor has not been operating or has been operating at less than full capacity.

(7) Can any independently-verifiable information be provided to support the information provided in the answer to question 6.