Due to the increasing use of radioactive sources within the United States along with the lack of a comprehensive database and tracking system, it has become relatively easy to obtain sealed sources. As a result, there are approximately 2 million sealed sources and tens of thousands of disused sources currently in the United States. These sources could be used individually or in aggregate in a radiological dispersal device or radiation exposure device.
In September 2011, at the request of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) National Nuclear Security Administration/Global Threat Reduction Initiative (NNSA/GTRI), the Low-Level Radioactive Waste Forum (LLW Forum) formed the Disused Sources Working Group (DSWG). The working group solicited input from a broad range of stakeholders at 19 meetings over a 30-month period. The DSWG developed 24 recommendations to be considered by States, Federal agencies and industry representatives in implementing individual contributions towards a timely and comprehensive solution.
The DSWG recognizes the important and substantial leadership role of state radiation control program directors in assuring the proper management and disposition of disused sources. The purpose of this survey, therefore, is to get your feedback and input. The Conference of Radiation Control Program Director’s (CRCPD) E-34-Committee on Unwanted Radioactive Materials, and the CRCPD Board have reviewed, amended and approved this survey and encourage all state program directors to timely complete and submit your responses.
Some of the items require a simple “YES” or “NO” response, whereas others ask you to indicate what, in your judgment, best describes the priority of the recommendation for DSWG and stakeholder attention. A comments section is provided at the end of the survey for additional feedback and suggestions.