Radioactive Material: Am I Regulated?
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).
- receiving, processing, storing and disposing of by-product and low-level radioactive waste from radioactive waste brokers .
- licensing uranium and thorium recovery facilities including those that dispose of uranium and thorium by-product wastes
- decommissioning inactive uranium-recovery facilities and radioactive material disposal sites.
If you use, transport, process, treat, or store radioactive material, you might be regulated by the Texas Department of State Health Services/Radiation Control , 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) . 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 , including:
- uranium exploration
- surface mining
- disposing of oil and gas NORM