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Radiation Regulations

6 NYCRR Part 380 requires parties who discharge radioactive material to keep records of the radioactive material discharged and to maintain those discharges as low as reasonably achievable. The regulations set radiation dose limits and emission levels above which a party must obtain a radiation control permit from NYSDEC.

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (Department) is planning to amend its Rules and Regulations for Prevention and Control of Environmental Pollution by Radioactive Materials, 6 NYCRR Part 380. The amendment is prompted by the need for the Department to incorporate six federal rule changes that have occurred from 1991 through 2008, and will also serve to clarify and improve the existing regulations. The amendment will include: several minor changes to definitions; an expansion of criteria for the disposal of specific wastes (the so-called biomedical exemption) to include biodegradable animal bedding; changes to requirements for reporting incidents; prohibit the deliberate submission of inaccurate or incomplete information; and add two radionuclides, N-13 and O-15, to the tables of effluent concentrations. In addition, the amendment will add a ten millirem constraint on airborne emissions, a requirement which has been implemented for several years through Part 380 Radiation Control Permit conditions.

6 NYCRR Part 381, (link leaves DEC's website) requires transporters of low-level radioactive waste (LLRW) to obtain a permit from the Department and submit LLRW manifests.

Under the State Low Level Radioactive Waste Management Act of 1986, DEC was charged with permitting and regulating LLRW disposal facilities. 6 NYCRR Part 382 contains requirements for site and method selection. 6 NYCRR Part 383 applies to facility design, construction, operation, closure, post-closure, and institutional control. Currently, there are no LLRW disposal facilities operating in New York State.

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