Radioactive Waste & Emergency Response Section

The Nuclear Safety Division has established a comprehensive Radioactive Waste and Emergency Response Section. The low-level radioactive waste (LLRW) aspect of this section is mandated by the Pennsylvania LLRW Disposal Act (PDF). The program monitors LLRW generation within Pennsylvania and prepares an annual report for submittal to the General Assembly. The LLRW Program also monitors the Department of Energy’s development of a permanent repository for disposal of spent nuclear fuel (SNF) and high-level radioactive waste (HLRW) and transportation of SNF and HLRW. As of Jan. 1, 1999, the LLRW Program assumed the administrative duties of the Appalachian States LLRW Compact Commission. The commission represents the four party states of Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania and West Virginia. The Radioactive Waste & Emergency Response Section also provides planning and support for the bureau’s response to nuclear power plant accidents or other incidents involving radioactive materials in Pennsylvania. The emergency response aspect of this section is mandated by the Pennsylvania Radiation Protection Act. This section also coordinates with the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency and the Federal Emergency Management Agency for training of the bureau staff in radiological emergency response.


James Barnhart, Radioactive Waste & Emergency Response Section Chief

Contacting the Nuclear Safety Division:

Phone: (717) 787-2163 | Fax: (717) 783-8965

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