Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation

Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation

The Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO) is a statutory body of the Australian government, formed in 1987 to replace the Australian Atomic Energy Commission. Its head office and main facilities are in southern Sydney at Lucas Heights. It also runs the National Medical Cyclotron at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital.

Purpose

The Australian Nuclear Science & Technology Organisation (ANSTO) is Australia’s national nuclear organisation and the centre of Australian nuclear expertise. The Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation Act 1987 (Cth) prescribes its general purpose. The purpose is translated into action through corporate drivers of vision, mission and strategic goals.

Mission statement

* To support the development and implementation of government policies and initiatives in nuclear and related areas, domestically and internationally
* To operate nuclear science and technology based facilities, for the benefit of industry and the Australian and international research community
* To undertake research that will advance the application of nuclear science and technology
* To apply nuclear science, techniques and expertise to address Australia 's environmental challenges and increase the competitiveness of Australian industry
* To manufacture and advance the use of radiopharmaceuticals which will improve the health of Australians

Nuclear reactors

ANSTO currently has two nuclear reactors onsite: HIFAR and the new OPAL from the Argentine company INVAP. HIFAR was permanently shut down on January 30th, 2007. OPAL became operational in November 2006 and was officially opened the 20th April, 2007.

ee also

*Anti-nuclear movement in Australia

External links

* [http://www.ansto.gov.au/index.html Official ANSTO site]
* [http://abci.com.au/news/stories/2007/05/27/1934250.htm ANSTO reiterates nuclear waste dump safety]


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