Division of Waste Management and Radiation Control
2018 State of the Environment Report

Mustard drums and chemical agent decontamination containers left over from the demilitarization of incendiary and military munitions pose contamination and cleanup issues at the Tooele Army Depot-South (TEAD-S) facility.

The Division of Waste Management and Radiation Control (DWMRC) helps businesses and residents handle waste properly and plays a critical role in safeguarding Utah residents from harmful exposure to radiation. In 2018, DWMRC accomplished these objectives through:

  • Permitting and compliance for hazardous and solid waste storage, treatment, and disposal facilities
  • Oversight of facilities performing corrective-action cleanup of contaminated sites
  • Oversight of the recycling of used oil, waste tires, and mercury switches (28.91 KB)
  • Education and outreach on proper waste disposal and the management of used oil and hazardous waste
  • Inspections and compliance monitoring and licensing actions for low-level radioactive waste
  • Verification of the classification of radioactive materials shipped from generator sites into the state
  • Evaluation of the safety of depleted uranium disposal in the West Desert
  • X-ray equipment inspections at medical, veterinary, dental, and various non-medical, industrial and institutional facilities across the state
  • Licensing of radioactive materials and uranium mills
  • Continuous improvement

DWMRC works closely with facilities to clean up waste-contaminated areas and establishes permit and licensing conditions that ensure that waste treatment, storage, and disposal practices protect human health and the environment. Health physicists safeguard citizens from exposure to radiation through equipment inspections and oversight of the industrial and medical uses of radioactive materials. Education and outreach on proper waste disposal, recycling, indoor radon, and radioactive materials are critical components of DWMRC programs. The Division also implements operational efficiencies to streamline its inspection and permitting processes.