About the project
The National Repository Project was a project undertaken by the then Australian Government between 1992 and 2004, which sought to site a national low level waste repository.
This process commenced in 1992, with the full cooperation of all state and territory governments. A preferred site near Woomera, South Australia, was selected following a full environmental assessment. However, attempts to acquire the site under the Lands Acquisition Act 1989 were defeated in the Federal Court following legal action by the South Australian Government.
On 14 July 2004, former Prime Minister Howard announced that the Australian Government would abandon the National Repository Project and that a new siting process would begin for a combined low and intermediate level waste management facility. The Commonwealth Radioactive Waste Management Act 2005 was passed by Federal Parliament to facilitate this process.
For more information about the National Repository Project, see Related documents.
The following discussion papers, responses, reports and publications relate to the National Depository Project.
Public discussion papers
Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the National Repository Project
Draft Environmental Impact Statement—Summary
Draft Environmental Impact Statement—Appendices
A Radioactive Waste Repository for Australia: Site Selection Study—Phase 3 Regional Assessment
ASSESS: A System for SElecting Suitable Sites
A Radioactive Waste Repository for Australia: Site Selection Study—Phase 2
A Radioactive Waste Repository for Australia: Methods for Choosing the Right Site
Responses to comments received
Supplement to the Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the National Repository Project
Supplement to the draft EIS—Appendix A
Supplement to the draft EIS—Appendix B
Supplement to the draft EIS—Appendix C
National Radioactive Waste Repository—Site Selection Study Phase 3: A Report on Public Comment
National Radioactive Waste Repository—Site Selection Study Phase 2 - A Report on Public Comment
National Radioactive Waste Repository—Site Selection Study - A Report on Public Comment
Bureau of Rural Sciences technical reports
Phase 3 site assessment and Stage 3 drilling—Report on preferred sites for Stage 3 assessment
Phase 3 site assessment and Stage 2 drilling—Report on preferred sites for Stage 2 assessment
Phase 3 site assessment and Stage 1 drilling—Report on preferred sites for Stage 1 assessment
Hydrogeological assessment of a region in central northern South Australia
Geology and Watertable Contours—Central Northern South Australia
Depth to Watertable—Central Northern South Australia
Groundwater Salinity—Central Northern South Australia
ANSTO and CSIRO reports
Radionuclide adsorption and retardation measures on materials from the CNSA region including samples from the Phase III drilling program
Vadose zone hydrology and radionuclide retardation—Assessment of drill samples to assist selection of five preferred sites
Vadose zone hydrology and radionuclide retardation—Supplementary study
Vadose zone hydrologyand radionuclide retardation
Environment Australia reports