DEP's Bureau of Radiation Protection

DEP's Bureau of Radiation Protection ensures that public, occupational and environmental exposure to radiation from man-made and controllable natural sources is As-Low-As-Reasonably-Achievable (ALARA).

The Bureau oversees the regulation and inspection of users of machine radiation sources throughout the Commonwealth and conducts a comprehensive environmental radiation monitoring program.  It also conducts a nuclear safety review and evaluates nuclear power plants and conducts an emergency radiation response program.  It administers a statewide radon program and licenses and inspects users of radium and accelerator-produced radioactive material.  It also administers a program for siting and regulating any future low-level radioactive waste disposal facility in Pennsylvania.

  • Bureau Director's Office

    • The Director's Office provides general management, personnel and communication services to the Bureau.

  • Decommissioning & Environmental Surveillance Division

    • The Decommissioning Section performs technical reviews of decontamination and decommissioning (D&D) activities for radioactive materials licensees in accordance with appropriate state and federal criteria.

    • The Environmental Surveillance Section monitors the radiological environment around:

  • Nuclear Safety Division

    • The Nuclear Safety Section conducts a comprehensive nuclear power plant oversight review program at the five nuclear power facilities in Pennsylvania.

    • The Radioactive Waste & Emergency Response Section regulates and oversees the activities associated with the siting of a low-level radioactive waste (LLRW) disposal facility in Pennsylvania. It also provides planning and support for Bureau response to accidents or incidents involving radioactive material in Pennsylvania.

  • Radiation Control Division

    • This Division is made up of two sections and is supported by the Regional Radiation Protection Staff.

    • Radioactive Material (RAM) Section — Licenses facilities in Pennsylvania that possess radioactive material. The solid waste radiation monitoring action plan reviews are also performed by this section.

    • Accelerator and X-Ray Section — Registers facilities in Pennsylvania that possess x-ray machines; licenses facilities possessing accelerators; and registers radiation-producing machine vendors/service providers. The contracted FDA Mammography inspection program is also under the direction of this section.

    • Regional Radiation Protection Staff — Located out of three main offices located in Pittsburgh, Norristown and Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, that inspect facilities with mammography x-ray machines, RAM, accelerators and/or x-ray machines for compliance and enforcement of the applicable Pennsylvania regulations.

    • Information and application forms for the following items are available on the Radiation Control website:
      • RAM licensing
      • Accelerator licensing
      • Computed Tomography (CT) screening
      • X-ray machine registration
      • Vendor/Service Provider registration
      • Mammography (MQSA) inspections

  • Radon Division

    • Learn more about radon from our videos. Topics include:
      • Radon health risks,
      • Radon testing, and
      • Radon mitigation

    • Also included is the administration of a certification program for radon testing, mitigation and laboratory analysis, individuals and firms.

    • Our website has information about certification, testing and mitigation.

    • View our Radon Services Directory to check for a person's certification status.

    • Also has links to other radon information.

  • Fact Sheets, Technical Reports & Research Information

    • Reports, Fact Sheets and Studies by department personnel and Stakeholder Working Groups such as Potassium Iodide (KI).

  • Radiation Answers

    • The Health Physics Society (HPS) has introduced a new website, Radiation Answers, http://www.radiationanswers.org, intended as a citizen's guide to radiation. The site seeks to increase understanding of radiation and to allay fears by providing accurate information about its uses and risks. The HPS is a nonprofit professional organization whose mission is promoting excellence in the science and practice or radiation safety.

  • BRP Information

    • This is the page to visit when you need information on the Bureau as a whole including:
      • History of the Bureau,
      • Statutes and Regulations,
      • Key contacts, and
      • Directions to the office

  • Links to Radiation Protection Websites

    • Use this page to access other websites that deal with radiation and radiation protection.