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Thursday, 21 February 1980
Page: 304

Mr Les Johnson (HUGHES, NEW SOUTH WALES) asked the Minister representing the Minister for National Development and Energy, upon notice, on 22 November 1979:

(   1 ) In relation to the shutdown of the HIFAR nuclear research reactor at Lucas Heights, New South Wales, will the Minister identify, quantify and locate the materials which have allegedly leaked indicating the extent of radioactivity involved in any releases.

(2)   What measures have to be taken before HIFAR becomes fully operational and what is the anticipated costs of the repairs.

Mr Anthony - The Minister for National Development and Energy has provided the following answer to the honourable member's question:

(   1 ) There were no releases of radioactivity associated with the inspection of the expansion joints during the current HIFAR shutdown. 1.250 litres of heavy water found inside the secondary containment of the expansion joints is now incorporated in the AAEC 's heavy water inventory.

(2)   In addition to the routine work associated with the current shutdown of HIFAR, the bellows within the expansion joints are being replaced. The estimated cost of the work is $10,000.

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