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Radioactive Material: Am I Regulated?

Overview of regulated radioactive materials and the agencies that regulate them in Texas.

If you use, handle, process, transport, transfer, receive, store, or dispose of radioactive material in Texas, you could be regulated by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) , Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS), or Railroad Commission of Texas (RRC).

Disposing of the following non–oil and gas naturally occurring radioactive material (NORM) is regulated by the TCEQ. Examples include:

If you use, transport, process, treat, or store radioactive material, you might be regulated by the Texas Department of State Health Services/Radiation Control Exit the TCEQ, who:

  • regulates and licenses possessing, receiving, using, handling, transferring, transporting, and storing radioactive material, including low-level radioactive materials and naturally occurring radioactive material (NORM) Exit the TCEQ. This DOES NOT include radioactive material received by a licensed by-product or low-level radioactive waste disposal facility. (see examples of what the TCEQ regulates, above.)
  • registers radiation-producing equipment
  • operates an emergency response program

Various oil and gas–related activities are regulated by the Railroad Commission of Texas Exit the TCEQ, including:

  • uranium exploration
  • surface mining
  • disposing of oil and gas NORM Exit the TCEQ

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