Radiation is energy given off by atoms and is all around us. We are exposed to radiation every day from natural sources like soil, rocks, and the sun. We are also exposed to radiation from man-made sources like medical X-rays and smoke detectors. Radiation exposure can come from many sources including X-rays, radioactive materials, nuclear power plants, and radioactive waste sites like Hanford.
The Office of Radiation Protection protects and improves the health of people in Washington State by ensuring exposure to radiation is as low as reasonably achievable.
Hanford - Demolition and cleanup of the former Plutonium Finishing Plant (PFP), one of the most contaminated areas on the Hanford Site, began in November 2016. Since then, the Office of Radiation Protection has found americium and plutonium – which were products from the PFP – at very low levels, some 2-3 miles from PFP. - updated 3-9-2018
Radiation Protection in Washington
The Office of Radiation Protection in Washington works to protect the health and safety of people in Washington from unnecessary exposure to radiation.
Environmental Sciences - Monitors radiation in the air, water, soils, and foods.
Explore Radiation Topics: nuclear energy, radiation emergencies, radon, Hanford, and more.
Radioactive Air Emissions - Enforces compliance with the federal and state laws for radionuclide emissions.
Radioactive Materials - Licenses and inspects radioactive materials used in industry, research, healthcare.
Radiological Emergency Preparedness - Coordinates actions to protect the public from radiation emergencies.
Waste Management - Licenses and regulates low-level radioactive waste disposal, uranium millsites, and waste processors.
X-Ray - Registration and licensing for machine-generated sources of radiation.