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Reducing Uncontrolled Radioactive Sources through Tracking and Training: US Environmental Protection Agency Initiatives

Abstract

The international metal processing industries are very concerned about the importation of scrap metal contaminated with radioactive materials. When radioactive sources fall out of regulatory control, improper handling can cause serious injury and death. There is no one way to address this problem and various US governmental and industry entities have developed radiation source control programmes that function within their authorities. The US Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) mission is to protect public health and the environment. To ensure this protection, EPA's approach to orphan sources in scrap metal has focused on regaining control of lost sources and preventing future losses. EPA has accomplished this through a number of avenues including training development, product stewardship, identification of non-radiation source alternatives, physical tagging of sources, field testing of innovative radiation detection instrumentation and development of international best practices. In order to achieve its goal of enhanced control on contaminated scrap metal and orphaned radioactive sources, EPA has forged alliances with the metals industry, other Federal agencies, state governments and the IAEA. (author)
Authors:
Kopsick, D.A., E-mail: kopsick.deborah@epa.gov [1] 
  1. US Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, DC (United States)
Publication Date:
Jul 15, 2011
Product Type:
Conference
Resource Relation:
Conference: International Conference on Control and Management of Radioactive Material Inadvertently Incorporated into Scrap Metal, Tarragona (Spain), 23-27 Feb 2009; Other Information: 18 refs.; Related Information: In: Control and Management of Radioactive Material Inadvertently Incorporated into Scrap Metal. Proceedings of an International Conference| 406 p.
Subject:
07 ISOTOPES AND RADIATION SOURCES; DEATH; IAEA; INJURIES; METAL INDUSTRY; PUBLIC HEALTH; RADIATION DETECTION; RADIATION SOURCES; RADIOACTIVE MATERIALS; SCRAP METALS; STATE GOVERNMENT; TRAINING; US EPA
OSTI ID:
22212943
Research Organizations:
International Atomic Energy Agency, Vienna (Austria); Spanish Nuclear Safety Council, Tarragona (Spain)
Country of Origin:
IAEA
Language:
English
Other Identifying Numbers:
Other: ISSN 0074-1884; ISBN 978-92-0-114910-7; TRN: XA14K0615033900
Availability:
Also available on-line: http://www-pub.iaea.org/MTCD/publications/PDF/Pub1502_web.pdf; Enquiries should be addressed to IAEA, Marketing and Sales Unit, Publishing Section, E-mail: sales.publications@iaea.org; Web site: http://www.iaea.org/books
Submitting Site:
INIS
Size:
page(s) 101-109
Announcement Date:
Apr 03, 2014

Citation Formats

Kopsick, D.A., E-mail: kopsick.deborah@epa.gov. Reducing Uncontrolled Radioactive Sources through Tracking and Training: US Environmental Protection Agency Initiatives. IAEA: N. p., 2011. Web.
Kopsick, D.A., E-mail: kopsick.deborah@epa.gov. Reducing Uncontrolled Radioactive Sources through Tracking and Training: US Environmental Protection Agency Initiatives. IAEA.
Kopsick, D.A., E-mail: kopsick.deborah@epa.gov. 2011. "Reducing Uncontrolled Radioactive Sources through Tracking and Training: US Environmental Protection Agency Initiatives." IAEA.
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