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Proposed Changes to Rules and Regulations Pertaining to Radiation Control

The Radiation Program routinely proposes revisions to the radiation regulations to address externally-driven requirements and improvements in the clarity and funcionality of the regulations.  Current actions related to these changes may be found at:

 

Proposed Changes to Radiation Rules and Regulations

 

TENORM Policy Development Stakeholder Process

In February 2007, the Department issued the Final Draft Interim Policy and Guidance Pending Rulemaking for Control and Disposition of Technologically-Enhanced Naturally Occurring Radioacitve Materials in Colorado, Rev 2.1. Subsequent rulemaking did not address techologially-enhanced naturally ocurring radioactive material(TENORM) issues and the anticipated guidance for oil and gas-related TENORM was not developed.  However, in the intervening time, significant experience has occurred in applying the TENORM policy to water treatment residuals, contaminated soils and other materials.  As a result of this experience and regulatory changes, the policy document requires updating and revision.  Materials related to this process can be seen on the following link:

 

 TENORM Policy Development Stakeholder Process

  

Uranium Processing (Part 18) Stakeholder Process

The Radiation Program has evaluated revisions to 6 CCR 1007-1, Part 18, “Licensing Requirements for Uranium and Thorium Processing,” and several critical and less critical issues connected to the enabling legislation - the Colorado Radiation Control Act (Title 25, Article 11)(RCA). In part, these changes are driven by comments received from the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) in a letter dated October 24, 2011 addressing incompatibility issues between the RCA and NRC. Compatibility is a key element of the evaluation of the Colorado radiation program by NRC. The NRC will conduct the next program review in April 2014.

 

In addition, issues surrounding the Energy Fuels Piñon Ridge project have revealed discrepancies among the RCA, Administrative Procedures Act and the radiation regulations. Some of these issues were created by externally-driven legislative changes made in 2002, 2003 and 2010. Proposed changes and related information can be accessed through the following link:

 

 Uranium Processing (Part 18) Stakeholder Process

 

Radiation Advisory Committee

The application date for Radiation Advisory Committee membership closed on December 17, 2013, and the Governor's Office of Boards and Commissions is no longer accepting applications.  The Radiation Program thanks all those who applied.