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Tuesday, 19 August 1980
Page: 414


Mr Hayden asked the Minister representing the Minister for National Development and Energy, upon notice, on 2 April 1980:

(   1 ) What quantity of plutonium has been generated from uranium used as fuel in the HIFAR reactor at Lucas Heights, NSW.

(2)   What is the isotopic composition of this plutonium.

(3)   Has any of the spent fuel removed from the reactor been reprocessed; if so,

(a)   on what occasions,

(b)   what quantities of plutonium were separated, and

(c)   where did the reprocessing take place.

(4)   Where is the separated plutonium now stored.

(5)   Where is the unreprocessed spent fuel stored.


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

(   1 ) The calculated quantity is approximately 0.7 kilograms.

(2)   Pu-238, 4 per cent; Pu-239, 72 per cent; Pu-240, 1 7 per cent; Pu-241, 6 per cent; Pu-242, I per cent (Calculated values).

(3)   Yes.

(a)   In 1963 by the UK Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA).

(b)   The amount of fuel reprocessed was calculated to contain approximately 60 grams of plutonium.

(c)   Dounreay, UK.

(4)   Under the terms of the contract the UKAEA was not required to inform the Australian Government of the location of any separated plutonium.

(5)   At the AAEC Research Establishment.







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