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Radiation Source Reduction & Management
 Source Reduction  Source Tracking   Orphan Source Detection
  and Response
 Orphan Source Recovery

EPA works closely with other government and private sector organizations to develop and promote the use of alternatives to radiation-based industrial devices.

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Key Stakeholders

Environmental Protection Agency

Office of Radiation and Indoor Air
Radiation Protection Program

EPA's Radiation Protection Program leads the Agency's efforts to reduce or eliminate the use of radioactive materials in industrial devices. It coordinates stakeholders, strategic planning, and technical support in such areas as pollution prevention, source reduction, life-cycle design, partnership programs, and radiation protection issues.

Office of Prevention, Pesticides, and Toxic Substances
Design for Environment (DfE)

The DfE program works with individual industry sectors to compare and improve existing and alternative products. They address performance, human health and environmental risks, and costs. The goal is to facilitate the identification, adoption, and innovation of clean products, processes, technologies, and management systems.
Contact: Clive Davies Tel: 202-564-3821 Email: davies.clive@epa.gov.

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Business and Industry Associations

Research Community

University, government and other research organizations provide the Expert Panel with expertise and advice on helping stakeholders meet alternative technology objectives.

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Nongovernmental Organizations

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Federal and State Expert Panel

The Expert Panel ensures communication among federal agencies and between federal agencies and state agencies. It also functions as a “sounding board” for EPA proposed initiatives. The Expert Panel meets quarterly.

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Radiation Source Protection and Security Task Force

The Radiation Source Protection Security Task Force is one of several task forces established under Section 651 (d) the Energy Policy Act of 2005 (EPACT) (Public Law 109-58). It is charged with evaluating and providing recommendations relating to security of radiation sources in the United States from potential terrorists threats, including acts of sabotage theft, or use of a radiological source in a radiological dispersal device (RDD); providing recommendations for appropriate regulatory and legislative changes to the Congress and the President.

The August 15, 2006, Radiation Source Protection Security Task Force Report, 2006 and Transmittal letter to the President are available on-line.(PDF) (257 pp, 5.66MB About PDF)

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Highlights of the Task Force Study Findings

In the United States, there are millions of sources of radioactive material and tens of thousands of authorized users (licensees).

While the Task Force concluded that Category 4 and 5 devices pose little risk for use in an RDD. Category 3, 4, and 5 devices frequently fall out of control into the public domain where they can result in exposures to adults and children or contamination in the environment. Worker accidents involving Category 3, 4, and 5 sources also present the potential for unnecessary radiation exposure or environmental contamination. Licensees possessing radioactive material must comply with NRC or Agreement State requirements including proper training, management and tracking of radioactive source inventories and disposal. Licensees of a device whether it is a Category 1 or 5 are subject to inspections, enforcement actions and fines.

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Conclusions of the Task Force

The task group of federal agencies and a state representative reviewed the status of programs related to the protection and security of radiation sources and concluded the following:

Since September 11, 2001, Federal Agencies have implemented or are in the process of implementing actions to increase security. While implementation of some of these activities is still in progress, the actions that to date have substantially enhanced security. Nevertheless, completion of ongoing activities should continue to be a high priority. (EPACT Report, p.1

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Members of the Task Force

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