ARPANSA Agreement to Accept Radioactive Waste

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From: Sun Shine

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Dear Department of Health,

I seek access under the Freedom of Information Act 1982 to information regarding communications between the Health Minister's office and the CEO of the Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency (ARPANSA) having to do with ARPANSA's responsibilities under the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the University of Melbourne and ARPANSA. The MOU was an agreement that involved ARPANSA funding (nearly $1 million) for a project at the university, transfer of radioactive waste from the university to ARPANSA, and indefinite storage of drums of the radioactive waste at ARPANSA's building in Yallambie.

This request is for any correspondence from the CEO ARPANSA that informed the Minister or delegates about the MOU or its aspects, or correspondence to the CEO of ARPANSA regarding the same, including the funds transfer and the radioactive waste storage. This request is for documents created since July 2017 that provide information from/to the CEO of ARPANSA to/from the Minister's office regarding any aspect of this MOU. Documents include emails, letters or reports (such as special, quarterly, annual or reports that fulfill requirements for Senate orders for non procurement contracts or AusTenders).

Yours faithfully,
Anonymous

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Dear Anonymous

 

I refer to your email of 28 August 2020 to the Department of Health
(Department) seeking access under the Freedom of Information Act 1982
(Cth) (FOI Act) to the following:

 

“access under the Freedom of Information Act 1982 to information regarding
communications between the Health Minister's office and the CEO of the
Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency (ARPANSA) having
to do with ARPANSA's responsibilities under the Memorandum of
Understanding (MOU) between the University of Melbourne and ARPANSA. The
MOU was an agreement that involved ARPANSA funding (nearly $1 million) for
a project at the university, transfer of radioactive waste from the
university to ARPANSA, and indefinite storage of drums of the radioactive
waste at ARPANSA's building in Yallambie.

 

This request is for any correspondence from the CEO ARPANSA that informed
the Minister or delegates about the MOU or its aspects, or correspondence
to the CEO of ARPANSA regarding the same, including the funds transfer and
the radioactive waste storage. This request is for documents created since
July 2017 that provide information from/to the CEO of ARPANSA to/from the
Minister's office regarding any aspect of this MOU. Documents include
emails, letters or reports (such as special, quarterly, annual or reports
that fulfill requirements for Senate orders for non procurement contracts
or AusTenders).”

 

Your request has been transferred to the Australian Radiation Protection
and Nuclear Safety Agency (ARPANSA) under section 16 of the FOI Act, as
the subject matter of your request is more closely connected with the
functions of the Agency.

 

You can contact ARPANSA via email at [1][email address] regarding the
processing of your request.

 

Kind regards

 

 

FOI and Legislation Section

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Legal Advice & Legislation Branch

Legal & Assurance Division | Corporate Operations Group

Australian Government Department of Health

T: 02 6289 1666 | E: [3][Health request email]

GPO Box 9848, Canberra ACT 2601, Australia

 

The Department of Health acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of
Australia and their continued connection to land, sea and community. We
pay our respects to all Elders past and present.

 

If you receive this email in error, please delete it and contact the
sender immediately.

 

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Dear Anonymous

 

ARPANSA acknowledges receipt of your FOI request seeking access to the
following documents (parts of documents):

“communications between the Health Minister's office and the CEO of
ARPANSA having to do with ARPANSA's responsibilities under the Memorandum
of Understanding (MOU) between the University of Melbourne and ARPANSA.
The MOU was an agreement that involved ARPANSA funding (nearly $1 million)
for a project at the university, transfer of radioactive waste from the
university to ARPANSA, and indefinite storage of drums of the radioactive
waste at ARPANSA's building in Yallambie.  This request is for any
correspondence from the CEO ARPANSA that informed the Minister or
delegates about the MOU or its aspects, or correspondence to the CEO of
ARPANSA regarding the same, including the funds transfer and the
radioactive waste storage. This request is for documents created since
July 2017 that provide information from/to the CEO of ARPANSA to/from the
Minister's office regarding any aspect of this MOU. Documents include
emails, letters or reports (such as special, quarterly, annual or reports
that fulfil requirements for Senate orders for non-procurement contracts
or AusTenders).”

 

Any last minutes changes to the text please let me know before I start
organising the comprehensive search for the documents requested.

 

John Templeton

Privacy and FOI Officer

Office of the General Counsel

Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency

+612 95418345

[1][email address]

 

 

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another agency [SEC=OFFICIAL]

 

Dear Anonymous

 

I refer to your email of 28 August 2020 to the Department of Health
(Department) seeking access under the Freedom of Information Act 1982
(Cth) (FOI Act) to the following:

 

“access under the Freedom of Information Act 1982 to information regarding
communications between the Health Minister's office and the CEO of the
Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency (ARPANSA) having
to do with ARPANSA's responsibilities under the Memorandum of
Understanding (MOU) between the University of Melbourne and ARPANSA. The
MOU was an agreement that involved ARPANSA funding (nearly $1 million) for
a project at the university, transfer of radioactive waste from the
university to ARPANSA, and indefinite storage of drums of the radioactive
waste at ARPANSA's building in Yallambie.

 

This request is for any correspondence from the CEO ARPANSA that informed
the Minister or delegates about the MOU or its aspects, or correspondence
to the CEO of ARPANSA regarding the same, including the funds transfer and
the radioactive waste storage. This request is for documents created since
July 2017 that provide information from/to the CEO of ARPANSA to/from the
Minister's office regarding any aspect of this MOU. Documents include
emails, letters or reports (such as special, quarterly, annual or reports
that fulfill requirements for Senate orders for non procurement contracts
or AusTenders).”

 

Your request has been transferred to the Australian Radiation Protection
and Nuclear Safety Agency (ARPANSA) under section 16 of the FOI Act, as
the subject matter of your request is more closely connected with the
functions of the Agency.

 

You can contact ARPANSA via email at [2][email address] regarding the
processing of your request.

 

Kind regards

 

 

FOI and Legislation Section

[3]cid:image003.png@01D51610.1D98D220

Legal Advice & Legislation Branch

Legal & Assurance Division | Corporate Operations Group

Australian Government Department of Health

T: 02 6289 1666 | E: [4][Health request email]

GPO Box 9848, Canberra ACT 2601, Australia

 

The Department of Health acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of
Australia and their continued connection to land, sea and community. We
pay our respects to all Elders past and present.

 

If you receive this email in error, please delete it and contact the
sender immediately.

 

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From: Sun Shine

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Dear Mr. Templeton (ARPANSA FOI)

It's my desire to define the request narrowly in order to save you time. My request is for existing emails, letters or reports from the CEO ARPANSA to anyone in the Health Minister's office, or from anyone in the Health Minister's office to the CEO ARPANSA, that describe any aspect relating to the MOU. Only documents from July 2017 to the present are of interest.

I encourage use of search tools within your electronic recordkeeping system to save time. Searching terms such as "joint funding", "University of Melbourne", "Memorandum of Understanding", "radium", etc. may be useful. For emails, please limit your search to the CEO's email address and "health.gov.au" email domain in the to, from or cc fields.

Aspects re my request include:
- jointly funding the project
- demolishing building 164 at the University
- remediating the university site
- removing, transporting or storing radium waste
- responding to FoI requests re the MOU

Yours sincerely,
Sun Shine

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This FoI request has been transferred, and will be closed when the new request is acknowledged by ARPANSA.

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