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The Radioactive Materials Program oversees the licensing, inspection and enforcement of all radioactive materials handlers regulated by the State of Ohio, for NORM (naturally-occurring) and TENORM (technologically enhanced naturally occurring) radioactive materials, and for certain byproduct, special nuclear and source material, under the agreement with the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC).

Ohio applied to the NRC for Ohio to become an Agreement State as permitted in the Federal Atomic Energy Act. Ohio assumed responsibility for regulating most uses of byproduct material, special nuclear material and source material in the state as the 37th Agreement State on August 31, 1999.

The program licenses all handlers of radioactive materials not under the jurisdiction of the federal government and provides regulatory oversight throughout operation and license termination for radioactive materials users, facilities and organizations in Ohio (other than nuclear power plants and certain government facilities, which are under federal jurisdiction).

Program staff members respond to incidents where lack of control of radioactive materials results in improper radiation exposure to workers or the public, personal or property contamination, or damaged or missing sources or devices that contain radioactive material.

This section also oversees approval of sealed radiation sources and devices, general license registration, reciprocity and decommissioning of facilities.



Mailing Address:
Ohio Department of Health
Bureau of Environmental Health and Radiation Protection
Agreement State Program
246 North High Street
Columbus, OH 43215

Telephone: (614) 644-2727
Emergency Telephone: (614) 722-7221
Fax: (614) 466-0381

E-mail: Bradiation@odh.ohio.gov