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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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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)

H: Emissions of Radionuclides Other than Radon from Department of Energy Facilities (PDF) (5 pp, 60 K)

I: Radionuclide Emissions from Federal Facilities Other than Nuclear Regulatory Commission Licensees and Not Covered by Subpart H (PDF) (5 pp, 60 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)

R: Radon Emissions from Phosphogypsum Stacks

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 147 State Underground Injection Control Programs ** text | PDF (6 pp, 56 K)

Part 148 Hazardous Waste Injection Restrictions** text | PDF (1 pg, 43 K)

Part 190 Environmental Radiation Protection Standards for Nuclear Power Operationstext | PDF (1 pg, 29 K)

Part 191 Environmental Radiation Protection Standards for Management and Disposal of Spent Nuclear Fuel, High-level and Transuranic Radioactive Wastes* text | PDF (2 pp, 42 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 195 Part 195 - Radon Proficiency Programs * text | PDF (1 pg, 29 K)

Part 220 Ocean Dumping Part 220 text | PDF (2 pp, 33 K)

Part 133 Ocean Dumping Part 133 text | PDF (1 pg, 30 K)

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)

Part 440 Ore Mining and Dressing Point Source Category* (Uranium, Radium,& Vanadium Ores Subcategory) text | PDF (1 pg, 28 K)

* 1995  ** Updated 1999


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

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Federal Regulations: Other Federal Agencies Exit EPA Disclaimer

US Department of Energy Regulations

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

29 CFR - OSHA Regulations (Standards) Ionizing radiation

US Department of Transportation Office of Hazardous Materials Safety Regulations

49 CFR - Hazardous Materials Regulations

US Food & Drug Administration (FDA) Regulations

Mine Safety & Health Administration (MSHA) US Department of Labor Regulations

30 CFR Part 57- Safety and Health Standards Underground Metal and Nonmetal Mines (See 57.5037 to 57.5047)

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State Radiation Protection Programs Exit EPA Disclaimer

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.

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.

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