Monitoring of Melbourne University building

Else Kennedy made this Freedom of Information request to Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation

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From: Else Kennedy

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Dear Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation,

I am writing to request access to documents under the Freedom of Information Act relating to the monitoring of Building 164 at Melbourne University's Parkville campus during, prior to and following its demolition.

I look forward to your response.

Yours faithfully,

Else Kennedy

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Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation

Dear Ms Kennedy,

Thank you for your email, we acknowledge receipt of your request. In line with the FOI Act timelines, we will endeavour to respond to you by Thursday, 29 August 2019.

So that we can further review your request, can you please advise:

- when the building was demolished; and
- if you have information as to whether ANSTO provided services or if your query is general of nature.

Kind regards,

FOI Administrator
Tel: +61 2 9717 3103
Email: [ANSTO request email]
Web: www.ansto.gov.au

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From: MCMANUS, Anne
Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation


Attachment Practical Refusal Scope Letter August 2019.pdf
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Dear Ms Kennedy

For your information please find attached an important letter from the delegate about your request.

If you wish to discuss the letter or negotiate the scope of your request please do not hesitate to contact me.

Kind Regards

Anne McManus
Corporate Counsel
Transformation and Engagement
ANSTO
Tel +61 2 9717 3397
[mobile number]
Email [email address]
Web www.ansto.gov.au

Important: This transmission is intended only for the use of the intended addressee. It is confidential to the intended addressee and may contain privileged information and or copyright material. If this email is not intended for your attention, any use, printing, storage, reproduction or further disclosure of this communication (including all attachments) is strictly forbidden. If you have received this transmission in error, please notify me by telephone or email and immediately delete all copies of this transmission as well as any attachments.

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From: Else Kennedy

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Dear Anne,

Thank you for your reply. I would like to revise the scope of my request to the following:

Reports or documents which summarise the results of radiation, heavy metals and hazardous materials monitoring during the periods 2010-12 and 2017 - present.

If not present in the summary documents, I request a copy of the number of instances and the measurement reading of any radiation levels in excess of the public safety standard.

Kind regards,

Else Kennedy

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From: MCMANUS, Anne
Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation

Dear Else

Thank you for your email.

I will make some enquires about how far the spreadsheets go back and confirm with the delegate if she is satisfied as to the revised scope. I am not sure that we have spreadsheets which cover heavy metals. That is not ANSTO's expertise and we may not have these records.

Accordingly, can we agree that we will only search for radiation records?

In terms of the spreadsheets for radiation records, as there are many versions of the spreadsheets, do you agree that we are required to locate one or maybe two spreadsheets for the relevant period/s rather than producing every iteration or copy? If we attempted to produce and locate every spreadsheet or record we would return to the initial scope issue in terms of diversion of our resources.

In relation to your request about radiation levels exceeding the public standard, I think you will find there are multiple standards in place between various jurisdictions and regulators and that may fall within the ambit of the public health regulators, rather than ANSTO. While we obviously work very safely, to protect our staff and the public in all we do, our records in this matter relate to a service we were providing to a client. I would ask that you not pursue that part of the request at this time anyway with ANSTO, as it creates scope and searching issues and may also put us back in the practical refusal sphere.

Can I suggest, we just proceed to locate the relevant spreadsheets for agreed period, without any duplicates and you consider whether you wish to make application to public health regulatory agencies about their records of does measurements. Do you agree?

For your information, once we have agreed on the reduced scope the 30 day period to search for records etc will commence, so I would ask you to confirm with me quickly so we can make a start.

In addition, as we were providing a service to the University, once relevant records are located we are going to need to consult with them and other affected third parties. This can also extend the relevant time periods, but you will be advised accordingly.

The delegate will then make a decision on the release of the materials to you, in full or part, having regard to any submissions received.

I await your confirmation of the further reduced scope of the request at this time.

Kind Regards

Anne McManus
Corporate Counsel
Transformation and Engagement
ANSTO
Tel +61 2 9717 3397
[mobile number]
Email [email address]
Web www.ansto.gov.au

Important: This transmission is intended only for the use of the intended addressee. It is confidential to the intended addressee and may contain privileged information and or copyright material. If this email is not intended for your attention, any use, printing, storage, reproduction or further disclosure of this communication (including all attachments) is strictly forbidden. If you have received this transmission in error, please notify me by telephone or email and immediately delete all copies of this transmission as well as any attachments.

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From: Else Kennedy

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Dear Anne,

Thankyou for your prompt reply. I agree to limit the scope to radiation records only.

I agree to limit the scope to the relevant spreadsheets for the agreed period, without any duplicates.

Yours sincerely,

Else Kennedy

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From: MCMANUS, Anne
Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation

Dear Else

Thank you very much.

I will now confirm with Mrs Hatton, the delegate, that she is happy to agree to the reduced scope of the request and you should receive a formal notification from her.

Kind Regards

Anne McManus
Corporate Counsel
Transformation and Engagement
ANSTO
Tel +61 2 9717 3397
[mobile number]
Email [email address]
Web www.ansto.gov.au

Important: This transmission is intended only for the use of the intended addressee. It is confidential to the intended addressee and may contain privileged information and or copyright material. If this email is not intended for your attention, any use, printing, storage, reproduction or further disclosure of this communication (including all attachments) is strictly forbidden. If you have received this transmission in error, please notify me by telephone or email and immediately delete all copies of this transmission as well as any attachments.

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From: MCMANUS, Anne
Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation


Attachment Letter Ms Kennedy 12.9.19.pdf
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Dear Else

Please find attached a letter from the delegate agreeing to the reduced scope of your request.

If the delegate determines we are required to consult third parties, I will advise you.

Many thanks

Anne McManus
Corporate Counsel
Transformation and Engagement
ANSTO
Tel +61 2 9717 3397
[mobile number]
Email [email address]
Web www.ansto.gov.au

Important: This transmission is intended only for the use of the intended addressee. It is confidential to the intended addressee and may contain privileged information and or copyright material. If this email is not intended for your attention, any use, printing, storage, reproduction or further disclosure of this communication (including all attachments) is strictly forbidden. If you have received this transmission in error, please notify me by telephone or email and immediately delete all copies of this transmission as well as any attachments.

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