Transporting Radioactive Solid Waste
- U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) related documents:
- Scrap Metal DOT-SP 10656 Instructions (PDF), 8 pages
- Scrap Metal DOT-SP 10656 Form (PDF), 3 pages
- Scrap Metal DOT-SP 10656 Truck Label (PDF)
- 12th Revision, dated March 1, 2012
- This special permit replaces the DOT-E 10656 exemption for Scrap Metal transports.
- This special permit authorizes the one-way transportation in commerce by highway or rail of shipments of scrap metal and related metal recycle materials (hereafter referred to as "scrap metal") which have been found, during or at the conclusion of transportaiton or during inspection of the shipment following its receipt, to contain unexpected and unidentified radioactive material or contaminiation. The one-way transportation authorized by this special permit is exempted from the classification, packaging, and hazard communication requirements normally required for transportation of radioactive material.
- The purpose of the transportation authorized by this special permit is to allow the scrap metal to be moved to a location deemed by the authorizing state official to be more appropriate for proper characterization and/or disposition of the discovered radioactivity. This special permit provides no relief from the Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR) other than as specifically stated herein.
- Solid Waste DOT-SP 11406 Instructions (PDF), 8 pages
- Solid Waste DOT-SP 11406 Form (PDF), 3 pages
- Solid Waste DOT-SP 11406 Truck Label (PDF)
- 8th Revision, dated March 1, 2012
- This authorization approval form allows for the one-way shipment of wastes determined to contain radioactive material or contamination. Strict rules and guidelines apply to the use of this DOT special permit. Commonly referred to as a "DOT Exemption," this form serves several purposes:
- Defines covered shippers and carriers.
- Explains purposes and limitations of special permit, i.e., one-way transportation of unexpected and unidentified radioactive material or contamination.
- Lists hazardous materials classes covered by the special permit.
- Lists safety control measures to be taken with this special permit.
- Explains reporting requirements and contact information.
- Includes DOT-SP 10406 Shipment Approval Form to be completed and filed.
- U.S. DOT interpretation of 49 CFR 173.403 (PDF)
- Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Transportation related documents:
- The Department has implemented an alternative process of approval for transferring municipal household waste that is contaminated with short-lived medical isotopes. This alternative method may increase the efficiency with which solid waste facilities transfer these materials, while maintaining the same level of public protection. The approval form and the instructions are separate documents that can be accessed below.
- In a letter dated October 8, 2004, the United States
Department of Transportation states Hazardous Materials Regulations do not apply
to household waste contaminated with short-lived medical radionuclides.
- Shipment of Technologically Enhanced Naturally Occuring Radioactive Material Under the U.S. DOT Hazardous Material Transportation Regulations (PDF)
- DEP Document #2900-FS-DEP4374
For more information about monitoring for radioactive materials in solid
waste please contact the Licensing Section via e-mail
or phone (717) 787-2480.