Radioactive Air Emissions Regulations

Washington Administrative Code (WAC)

Washington State Department of Health

Chapter 246-247 WAC Radiation Protection - Air Emissions: This contains regulations important to all facilities with the potential to emit radioactive air emissions. This includes federal facilities, state licensed facilities, and facilities licensed by a local air pollution control authority.

Washington State Department of Ecology

Chapter 173-401 WAC Operating Permit Regulation: Establishes the elements of a comprehensive Washington state air operating permit program consistent with the requirements of Title V of the Federal Clean Air Act.

Chapter 173-480 WAC Ambient air quality standards and emission limits for radionuclides: Defines maximum allowable levels for radionuclides in the ambient air and control emissions from specific sources.

Revised Code of Washington (RCW)

Chapter 70A.15.3000 RCW: Powers and duties of department.

Chapter 70A.15.3130 RCW: Department of health powers regarding radionuclides—Energy facility site evaluation council authority over permit program sources.

Chapter 70A.388 RCW: Nuclear Energy and Radiation.

Federal Law

Clean Air Act: Federal act authorizing U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to regulate hazardous air pollutants, including radionuclides.

Environmental Protection Agency Regulations

Federal Register, 87 FR 74319: National Emissions Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants; Delegation of Authority to Washington.

40CFR61, Subpart A: National emission standards for hazardous air pollutants, general provisions.

40CFR61, Subpart B: Radon-222 emissions to the ambient air from underground uranium mines.

40CFR61, Subpart H: Radionuclide emissions, other than radon, from U.S. Department of Energy facilities.

40CFR61, Subpart I: Radionuclide emissions emitted by federal facilities that are not regulated elsewhere.

40CFR61, Subpart K: Emissions of polonium-210 and lead-210 to the air from phosphorus plants.

40CFR61, Subpart Q: Emission of radon-222 to the ambient air from Department of Energy (DOE) storage or disposal facilities for radium-containing materials.

40CFR61, Subpart R: Emission of radon from phosphogypsum stacks.

40CFR61, Subpart T: Radon-222 emissions from uranium mill tailings piles that are no longer operational.

40CFR61, Subpart W: Emission of radon-222 from uranium mills and their associated tailings.

Laws & Regulations: Legal authorities for the regulation of air emissions of radionuclide.

Nuclear Regulatory Commission Regulations

Part 20 - Standards for Protection Against Radiation

Subpart B - Radiation Protection Programs: 10 mrem constraint for radioactive air emissions.