The Texas Department of State Health Services, Radiation Control Program, has the important mission to protect and promote the physical and environmental health of the people of Texas. We strive to prevent unnecessary radiation exposure to the public through effective licensing, registration, inspection, enforcement, and emergency response.
We carry out our mission efficiently, effectively, and professionally with respect and dedication to all Texans.
"We welcome your questions and comments concerning our efforts
to protect the citizens of Texas and the environment."
RICHARD A. RATLIFF, P.E. – Agreement State Director
Important Update: Implementation of Radiation Safety Awareness Training Delayed Indefinitely
View the DSHS letter sent to Registrants and other interested parties.
Radioactive Materials Program Authorization and Scope
Regulation of radioactive material fuel sources in nuclear
reactors and the byproduct materials that result from the nuclear fission is
regulated by the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) under the Atomic
Energy Act of 1954. States with Agreement State status can maintain authority over
byproduct material. However, in States without Agreement State status, the NRC
retains authority over byproduct material.
States become an
Agreement States by establishing programs to assume NRC regulatory authority
under the Atomic Energy Act of 1954, as amended. Section 274 of the Act
provides a statutory basis under which NRC relinquishes to the States portions
of its regulatory authority to license and regulate byproduct materials
(radioisotopes); source materials (uranium and thorium); and certain quantities
of special nuclear materials. The mechanism for the transfer of NRC's authority
to a State is an agreement signed by the Governor of the State and the Chairman
of the Commission, in accordance with section 274b of the Act. Agreement States are required to maintain
compatibility with NRC’s program and are routinely reviewed every four years
for adequacy and compatibility by NRC’s Management Review Board.
Texas became an Agreement State in 1963 and has regulated
these radioactive materials since. Texas had previously regulated Naturally
Occurring Radioactive Materials over which NRC did not have authority to
regulate. In addition, Texas regulates sources of radiation from lasers and x-ray
machines including mammography, over which NRC does not have regulatory
Overall, the Texas Radiation Control Program totals approximately 25% Radioactive Materials permits and approximately 75% X-Ray, Mammography, and Laser permits.
United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission - Safety Culture
New Shipper and Transporter Registration for shipments to the Low Level Radioactive Waste Disposal Facility
(Select the link below to view information on LLRW Shipper/Transporter Registrations)
2014 Texas Radiation Regulatory Conference
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Radiation Control Program MC 2835
Texas Department of State Health Services
P. O. Box 149347
Austin, Texas 78714-9347
(DO NOT SEND MONEY TO THE PHYSICAL ADDRESS. WE ONLY RECEIVE SPECIAL SERVICE DELIVERIES,
SUCH AS UPS OR FEDERAL EXPRESS, AT THIS ADDRESS).
The Exchange Building
8407 Wall Street
Austin, Texas 78754
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