Low-Level Radioactive Waste Disposal Act (Pennsylvania)

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Last modified on February 12, 2015.

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Place Pennsylvania

Applies to States or Provinces Pennsylvania
Name Low-Level Radioactive Waste Disposal Act (Pennsylvania)
Policy Category Other Policy
Policy Type Environmental Regulations
Affected Technologies Nuclear
Active Policy Yes
Implementing Sector State/Province

Program Administrator Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection
Primary Website http://www.legis.state.pa.us/WU01/LI/LI/US/HTM/1988/0/0012..HTM

Last Review 2014-09-15


This act provides a comprehensive strategy for the siting of commercial low-level waste compactors and other waste management facilities, and to ensure the proper transportation, disposal and storage of low-level radioactive waste. Commercial incineration of radioactive wastes is prohibited. Licenses are required for low-level radioactive waste disposal facilities not licensed to accept low-level radioactive waste. Disposal at any municipal landfill or commercial incinerator is prohibited.

Records must be maintained for facilities and operations that generate, transport, handle, manage or dispose of low-level waste to identify the volume and radioactivity content of low-level waste generated and shipped, the method of transportation, the origin and disposition of such low-level waste, and submit reports to the Department of Environmental Protection quarterly, listing the quantities, types and classes of low-level waste generated during a particular time period.

Separation of all low-level radioactive wastes must be done in accordance with the waste classification system established by the Department. Potentially suitable sites shall not have any slopes for the disposal area of more than 15~oas mapped on a scale of 1:24,000 with a contour interval of either 10 or 20 feet as available on published U.S.G.S. 7.5 minute quadrangles. Shallow land burial is prohibited. An above-land grade facility is required. The facility shall have the goal of a zero release capacity.

Policy Contact

Contact Name Rich Janati
Department Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection
Division Nuclear Safety Division

Phone (717) 787-2163
Fax (717) 783-8965
Email RA-EPNuclearSafety@state.pa.us
Website http://www.dep.state.pa.us/brp/Nuclear_Safety_Division/Nuclear_Safety_Homepage.htm

Authorities (Please contact the if there are any file problems.)

Authority 1: Low-Level Radioactive Waste Disposal Act of Feb. 9 1988, P.L. 31, No. 12
Date Enacted 1988