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Technetium radioactivity license breaches at ANSTO.

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Dear Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency,

Pursuant to the FOl Act 1982 (Cth) requested is all records regarding breaches by
ANSTO of their radioactivity license in relation to technetium.

Yours faithfully,

Jake Gerlach

ARPANSA FOI, Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency

Dear Jake Gerlach,

Freedom of Information Request no. 20240506

Thank you for your email.

I acknowledge receipt of your email dated 6 May 2024.

I refer to your request for access to documents under the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (FOI Act). Your request was as follows:

"Pursuant to the FOl Act 1982 (Cth) requested is all records regarding breaches by ANSTO of their radioactivity license in relation to technetium."

Since 2020, ARPANSA has actively published information about licence breaches on its website. This information is available at https://www.arpansa.gov.au/regulation-an....

ARPANSA has previously received an FOI request in relation to potential breaches by ANSTO between 1 January 2008 until 7 July 2020 and these documents were uploaded to ARPANSA's disclosure log (D0029 available at: https://www.arpansa.gov.au/about-us/acce...).

If this information satisfies your request, please advise whether you withdraw your request by close of business (5pm) Thursday 9 May 2024 (AEST).

If you have any questions, please contact ARPANSA's FOI Team at [ARPANSA request email].

Yours sincerely,

FOI Team

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ARPANSA FOI, Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency

Dear Jake Gerlach,

We refer to your email dated 6 May 2024 requesting access to documents under the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (Cth) (FOI Act).

Your FOI request was as follows: Pursuant to the FOl Act 1982 (Cth) requested is all records regarding breaches by ANSTO of their radioactivity license in relation to technetium.

As you have not responded advising that the publicly available documents on ARPANSA's website satisfies your request, we are writing to advise that we are processing your request as it stands.

We are advised by the Regulatory Services Branch that only a small number of ANSTO facilities directly work with technetium. We are searching for documents that relate to breaches directly involving technetium.

If this is not what you intended within the scope of your request, you can submit another FOI request (and withdraw this current request if relevant), that comprises a refined scope. For example, in your FOI request, ARPANSA would appreciate if you could include a date range, which specific source or facility licence (if known) and the types of documents requested (e.g. all correspondence between ARPANSA and ANSTO). Please try to be as detailed as possible.

This will assist ARPANSA in processing the request and finding the documents that you are specifically after.

In addition, are you agreeable for ARPANSA to redact names and personal details of non-SES staff in the requested documents? Information such as the names and contact details of non-SES staff that is considered irrelevant to a request can be redacted under section 22 of the FOI Act.

If you would like to discuss this further with us, please call 1800 022 333 and ask for the FOI team. Or you can contact us via email at [ARPANSA request email].

We can assist you in refining the scope of your request to the exact documents you are after (if they exist). Otherwise, we will continue to process this FOI request as required by the FOI Act.

Thank you for considering the above.

Kind regards,

FOI Team

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Dear ARPANSA FOI,

Thank you for your email.

I am happy for names and other personal details not being supplied.

Please accept limitation of my request to any breaches that have resulted in communication between ANSTO and ARPANSA and those that relate to Tech 99 only and not Tech m.

Yours sincerely,

Jake Gerlach

ARPANSA FOI, Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency

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Dear Jake Gerlach,

Please find attached a decision dated 31 May 2024 in response to your freedom of information request dated 6 May 2024.

Kind regards,

FOI Team

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