Australian nuclear review finds safety standards not breached

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An Australian Government review into the country’s major nuclear research facility has found it has not breached safety standards.

The government ordered the review after the workplace safety regulator criticised management for failing to report accidents at the Lucas Heights reactor in New South Wales capital, Sydney.

The review has found the facility is ageing and some staff members could take a more open approach to reporting safety problems.

But its author Mark Paterson has told a senate committee that safety standards at the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO) are improving.

“It was our view that there was a considerable focus on improving the current culture of health and safey at ANSTO,” he said.

“In reviewing the practices, we found there are systems in place to manage radiological safety further.

“We did not find any evidence that the practices breached lesiglative requirements.”