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Tuesday, 16 February 1971
Page: 82

Mr Jacobi asked the Minister for National Development, upon notice:

(1)   Will he provide details of specifications required of all tenders for the nuclear power station at Jervis Bay relating to:

(a)   radionuclide emissions for airborne effluents in terms of (i) gross bela values,

(ii)   levels of individual radionuclides and

(iii)   time of storage ot off-gases required before release lo the atmosphere: and

(b)   radionuclide emissions tor waterborne effluents in terms of (i) radionuclide levels in cooling water and (ii) radionuclide levels in high conductivity liquid wastes and laundry wastes, in terms of gross beta values and levels of individual radionuclides. (2) Is he able to state the relationship oi these radionuclide emission standards to (a) International Atomic Energy standards, (b) U,1it ed States Atomic Energy Commission standards, io) standards specified by the State of Minnesota and (d) standards specified by the Stale of Maryland.

Mr Swartz - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1)   and (2) For commercial reason* information contained in the lender specification- is al the present time restricted lo the tenderers, the Electricity Commission of New South Wales, the Atomic Energy Commission and ils consultants. Bechtel Pacific Corporation. However all radioactive discharge from the Jervis Bay nuclear power station will he controlled to limits less than 1/10th of those specified as safe by the International Commission on Radiological Protection, the internationally recognised expert body on the matter. Those specified standards are accepted by the International Atomic Energy Agency. They are also accepted by the USAEC. The Slates of" Minnesota and Mar>land. in the United States of America, have adopted limits which are approximately in the same order of magnitude as those specified for Jervis Bay.

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