Radioactive Materials - EH: Minnesota Department of Health

Radioactive Materials

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission completed an agreement with the State of Minnesota to assume part of the agency’s regulatory authority over certain radioactive materials in the state. On March 31, 2006, Minnesota became the 34th state to sign such an agreement with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

Under the agreement, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission has transferred to Minnesota the responsibility for licensing, rulemaking, inspection and enforcement activities for: (1) radioactive materials produced as a result of processes related to the production or utilization of special nuclear material; (2) uranium and thorium source materials; and (3) special nuclear material in quantities not sufficient to form a critical mass.

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission transferred approximately 170 licenses, most for medical and industrial uses of radioactive material, to Minnesota’s jurisdiction. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission retained jurisdiction over a number of activities identified in 10 CFR Part 150, including regulation of commercial nuclear power plants and federal agencies using certain nuclear material in the state. In addition, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission retained authority for the review, evaluation and approval of sealed sources and devices containing certain nuclear materials manufactured in Minnesota and distributed throughout the country.

Disused Source Collection and Disposal Opportunity

The Minnesota Department of Health has been notified that the Conference Radiation Control Program Directors (CRCPD) Source Collection and Threat Reduction Program (SCATR) has begun its 2018-19 disused and unwanted radioactive sealed source collection and disposal effort. CRCPD/SCATR provides cost-shared support for the packaging, transport, and disposal Class A, B, and C sources with access to a commercial disposal facility. Licensees in all 50 states and U.S. territories are potentially eligible for participation in the 2018-19 effort. A copy of the announcement containing information about the level of cost sharing accompanies this notice.

CRCPD/SCATR has indicated that cost-shared amounts will decrease going forward. The Minnesota Department of Health encourages all licensees who have eligible sealed sources that will not be used in the foreseeable future to take advantage of this opportunity to properly dispose of this material in a cost effective manner.

For further information see the 2018-19 SCATR announcement below.

CRCPD/SCATR Program (Source Collection and Treat Reduction)

Proposed Amendments to Rules Governing Radioactive Materials, Minnesota Rules Chapter 4731

The Minnesota Department of Health intends to adopt rules governing radioactive materials without a public hearing following the procedures in the rule of the Office of Administrative Hearings. The rule amendments incorporate requirements to maintain compatibility with U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission regulations as required by our agreement. The Department is also proposing minor editorial changes. The Notice of Intent To Adopt Rules Without A Public Hearing, a Certified Copy of the Proposed Rules, and the Request for Comments can be found at the links below.

Notice of Intent to Adopt Rules Without A Public Hearing (PDF)

Proped Rules (PDF)
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Request for Comments (PDF)

Updated Monday, 29-Apr-2019 05:58:59 CDT