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Policy Standards, Guidance and Statutes

Atomic Energy Act (AEA) of 1954

The purpose of the Atomic Energy Act (42 U.S.C. Sect. 2011 - Sect. 2259) (AEA) is to assure the proper management of source, special nuclear, and byproduct material. The AEA and the statutes that amended it delegate the control of nuclear energy primarily to DOE, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) , and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Click here or on AEA title for more information

DOE Standards

  • DOE STD-1196-2011, Derived Concentration Technical Standard Complements and supports the implementation of Department of Energy (DOE) Order 458.1, Radiation Protection of the Public and the Environment.  It establishes the numerical values of Derived Contecntration technical standads DCSs and new internal dose coefficents for the ingestion of water, inhalations and submersion in air, all in a manner reflecting the current state of knowledge and practice in radiation protection.
  • DOE-STD-1153-2002 A Graded Approach for Evaluating Radiation Doses to Aquatic and Terrestial Biota:  A Graded Approach for Evaluating Radiation Doses to Aquatic and Terrestrial Biota:
    • Module I: Principals and Application
    • Module II:  Detailed Guidance
    • Module III: Methods and Derivation

Surface Contamination Guidelines/Radiological Clearance of Property.

Under DOE O 458.1 the approved surface contamination guidelines are presented in Table IV-1, DOE O 5400.5  (Predecessor of DOE O 458.1)  or alternatively  Draft DOE G 441.1-XX, Implementation Guide: Control and Release of Property with Residual Radioactive Materials.

DOE/EH-0173T, Environmental Regulatory Guide for Radiological Effluent Monitoring and Environmental Surveillance    

Radioactive Waste Management

DOE Institutional Controls

Federal Environmental Laws