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Radiation Control Program

The mission of the Department of Environmental Quality is to safeguard and improve Utah’s air, land and water through balanced regulation. The Division of Waste Management and Radiation Control assists in achieving this mission through various programs. The Radiation Control Program is divided into three program areas:

  • Low Level Radioactive Waste
  • Uranium Mills and Radioactive Materials
  • X-Ray Program

Low Level Radioactive Waste

The Low Level Radioactive Waste Program oversees the activities at the EnergySolutions facility.

Generator Site Access Program

The DWMRC administers this program to regulate the access of low-level radioactive waste generators to the EnergySolutions land disposal facility. The program authorizes, through a permitting process, waste generators, waste processors and waste collectors to deliver radioactive waste to the EnergySolutions facility. Visit the program page and find more about permitting

Northwest Interstate Compact

Utah is a member of the Northwest Interstate Compact. The Compact is a cooperative effort of eight states to protect people and the environment, and maintain and enhance economic viability, while sharing the responsibilities of low-level radioactive waste management. The NWIC was created in 1981 with member states Alaska, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Utah, and Washington. The NWIC was ratified by Congress in 1985. Wyoming was the eighth state to join the compact in March of 1992.

Earl Fordham, Compact Chair and Executive Director
Office of Radiation Protection
Washington State Department of Health
309 Bradley Boulevard, Suite 201
Richland, WA 99352
(509) 946-0234

Uranium Mills and Radioactive Materials

Radioactive Materials Regulatory Program

The DWMRC regulates programs for licensing and inspecting byproduct material, source material, special nuclear material in quantities not sufficient to form a critical mass, and naturally occurring and accelerator produced radioactive materials. Visit the program page

Radioactive Material Transportation Program

Administered by the DWMRC to regulate the transport of radioactive materials. Visit the program page

Uranium Mills and Disposal Facilities Program

There are four uranium milling facilities in Utah. The DWMRC is responsible for licensing these facilities. Visit the program page

Moab Millsite Stakeholder Group

The Moab Millsite Stakeholder Group is a partnership formed between DEQ and the Grand County Council to achieve a final resolution to the reclamation of the Moab Millsite tailings site.

Radiation Control Related Resources

X-Ray Program

Administered properly, radiation is an invaluable tool in the diagnosis, treatment and management of disease. But most radiologic procedures also carry a potential health risk, and radiation can be harmful or even deadly if it is administered incorrectly. Medical x-rays account for the majority of the average citizen’s exposure to manmade radiation. The use of radiation in medicine may be one of the most difficult areas for ensuring a balance between risk and benefit. The purpose of the x-ray program in the State of Utah is to ensure that each person who is exposed to radiation from x-rays for a medical purpose receives high quality medical care with the lowest dose of radiation exposure possible. Visit the program page