- Community engagement
- Radioactive waste
- Facility safety and management
- Jobs and business opportunities
- Site selection process
Experience from well-established facilities around the world will inform the design of our facility.
Our facility will not be the first of its kind.
International experience also shows the facility we will build will not impact tourism.
Comparable facilities have been operating safely around the world for many decades while their surrounding regions have attracted many thousands of tourists each year. The facilities themselves have often become attractions for visitors.
This El Cabril facility has two platforms for the disposal of low level radioactive waste and another with a specific structure for very low level waste. The facility has the infrastructure required for the treatment and conditioning of wastes for disposal.
The disposal system uses natural and engineered barriers that safely isolate the materials for the time required to convert them into harmless substances.
Enresa, the public company in charge of the safe management, storage and disposal of the radioactive wastes produced in Spain, was contracted by the Australian Government to provide a concept design for Australia's national facility.
The concept design provided information on a potential design option for consideration in the initial business case for Australia's National Radioactive Waste Management Facility (PDF 2.03MB, DOC 4.12MB)
In 2013, the El Cabril site received 4,633 visitors. Between 1992 and 2014 more than 100,000 people visited El Cabril's information centre.
ENRESA’s additional Mestral Technological Centre, which provides information about the dismantling of the former nuclear power plant Vandellos 1, received 60,000 visitors between its opening in 1998 and 2014.
This popular tourist region hosts numerous nuclear facilities including a low-level waste repository. Sixteen million tourists visit the Lake District part of Cumbria annually
The Low Level Waste Repository in West Cumbria is the United Kingdom's national low level radioactive waste disposal facility.
Established in 1959, the site has safely disposed of the nation's low level waste for more than 50 years. Waste is disposed of in engineered concrete vaults and, where possible, treated, containerised and grouted before placement in the vault.
Property prices have not been impacted. According to the Office for National Statistics House Price Index, the median house price in the area rose by 21.7% between 2009 and 2015.
Champagne, the same region that grows high quality grapes also hosts a low to intermediate radioactive waste facility.
The region’s vineyards shipped 312 million bottles of Champagne in 2015 at a value of $7.1 billion.
In 1992 France commissioned a disposal facility for solid low- and intermediate-level short-lived radioactive waste called the Centre de Stockage de l’Aube (CSA). The CSA is located on rural land spreading across three jurisdictions in the Aube district: Soulaines-Dhuys, Epothémont and La Ville-aux-Bois. It covers 95 hectares, 30 of which are dedicated for disposal. Elsewhere in France, the Centre de Stockage de la Manche (CSM) waste disposal facility was the first repository to be built in France for low level radioactive waste in 1969. Since 2003 the facility has been in an official post-closure monitoring phase.
The Transport Cask Storage Facility at Ahaus has been an interim storage facility for radioactive materials in Germany since 1997. TBL Ahaus is located three kilometres from the town of Ahaus in North Rhine-Westphalia, the most populous state in Germany.
Operated by Gesellschaft für Nuklear-Service mbH (GNS), the facility consists of storage halls for casks containing high pressure compacted radioactive waste, spent fuels from research reactors, and low and intermediate level waste from nuclear power plants. The casks are stored until they are able to be directly disposed or reprocessed.
The Federal Waste Disposal Facility run by Waste Control Specialists in Andrews, Texas, was designed, permitted, and constructed for disposal of low-level radioactive waste.
All waste at the FWF is encapsulated in a robust liner and cover system, featuring a two metre thick liner system which includes a 30-centimetre thick layer of reinforced concrete. In addition, all of the waste is buried.
The Federal Waste Facility opened on June 6, 2013.