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Environment Protection Authority

Contaminated waste from Bankstown Hospital posed no risk

Media release: 15 July 2016

Contaminated waste has been safely disposed of this morning, following an incident at Bankstown Hospital yesterday.

Fire and Rescue NSW’s HAZMAT team contacted the NSW EPA yesterday to report that two vials of radioactive isotope Iodine-131 (used in cancer treatments) had been accidently disposed of in a general waste compactor.

The Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation and Fire and Rescue NSW concluded that the waste was well contained in the compactor and did not pose a risk to those on the scene, hospital staff or the community.

This morning the compactor was safely moved to a licenced landfill for storage until the isotope decays to a level allowing final disposal.

A NSW EPA investigation into this incident is underway.

Contact: EPA Public Affairs

Page last updated: 15 July 2016