Federal and State Regulations
EPA, other federal agencies, and the state have radiation protection responsibilities. The following list directs you to many of the existing regulations.
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You can also follow proposed federal regulations at these sites:
Federal Regulations: EPA
U.S. EPA Ionizing Radiation Protection Program Regulations
Code of Federal Regulations Title 40 - Environment
Part 61National Emission Standards For Hazardous Air Pollutants** (all radionuclide & non-radionuclide portions)
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B: Radon Emissions from Underground Uranium Mines (PDF) (2 pp, 50 K)
K: Radionuclide Emissions from Elemental Phosphorus Plants (PDF) (3 pp, 56 K)
Q: Radon Emissions from Department of Energy Facilities (PDF) (1 pg, 47 K)
T: Radon Emissions from the Disposal of Uranium Mill Tailings (PDF) (5 pp, 60 K)
W: Radon Emissions from Operating Mill Tailings (PDF) (2 pp, 52 K)
Part 190 Environmental Radiation Protection Standards for Nuclear Power Operations * text | PDF (1 pg, 29 K)
Part 192 Health and Environmental Protection Standards for Uranium and Thorium Mill Tailings* text | PDF (20 pp, 106 K)
Part 194 Criteria for the Certification and Re-certification of the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant's Compliance with the 40 CFR Part 191 Disposal Regulations text | PDF (2 pp, 42 K) (updated 1998)
Part 300 National Oil and Hazardous Substances Pollution Contingency Plan text | PDF (2 pp, 32 K)
Part 302 Designation, Reportable Quantities, and Notification ** text | PDF (1 pg, 29 K)
July 9, 2004 Ruling of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit regarding Petitions for Review brought against certain Yucca Mountain-related Actions of the Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of Energy, and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission
US Department of Energy Regulations
- Radiation Protection of the Public and the Environment, DOE Order 5400.5
- 10 CFR Part 835--Occupational Radiation Protection Through GPO Access or DOE site
Joint US Department of Energy & US Department of Defense Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program
Integrated program carried out by two organizational units, one in the Department of Energy and the other in the Department of the Navy, as authorized by Executive Order 12344 and 42 United States Code 7158, note
Occupational Health & Safety Administration (OSHA) US Department of Labor Regulations
US Department of Transportation Office of Hazardous Materials Safety Regulations
US Food & Drug Administration (FDA) Regulations
- Overview of Electronic Product Radiation Control Laws and Regulations
- Electronic Product Radiation Control
Mine Safety & Health Administration (MSHA) US Department of Labor Regulations
Under the Atomic Energy Act, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission may transfer control of certain radioactive materials to a state through a written agreement. "Agreement States" must operate programs that are adequate to protect public health and safety from these materials.
- Nuclear Regulatory Commission Office of State and Tribal Programs
This site provides state information on Regulation Status, legislation, contact information, State Agreement, and Program Reviews.
Many states have comprehensive radiation control programs. For example these programs may regulate the use of diagnostic and therapeutic x-ray equipment and certain radioactive materials or conduct environmental monitoring.
- Conference of Radiation Control Program Directors
This Web site describes the activities of the organization, provides access to their reports, and contains contact information for the radiation control program directors in each state.