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Information Bulletin 09-01

Radioactive Waste Charges

Effective July 1, 2008, Radiation Safety no longer recharges generators for routine laboratory radioactive waste. This includes both short-lived and long-lived dry waste, scintillation vials/cocktail, and biological waste (aqueous waste has been collected at no charge for several years). Non-routine waste will be billed for the actual disposal costs. Non-routine wastes include sealed sources (including soil moisture gauges), mixed waste, contaminated equipment, etc. In addition, generators will be responsible for the disposal costs for any wastes that are improperly segregated or packaged that results in higher disposal costs. For example, if a drum of short-lived waste is contaminated with long-lived isotopes you will be charged the difference between the short-lived and long-lived disposal costs.

Program Director responsibilities

As Program Director, you are responsible to ensure all work conducted under your Radiation Use Authorization is conducted as safely as possible and in compliance with all applicable requirements. As usage of radioactive materials has become more sporadic vs. routine in many labs, it becomes easier for certain requirements to be inadvertently overlooked. Please review the Program Director responsibilities in the Radiation Safety Manual with your Lab Contact to ensure that both of you are clear about who is carrying out these responsibilities on a day-to-day basis. The responsibilities are given here:

RSM 3.7 Program Director Responsibilities

I appreciate your cooperation in ensuring that sources of ionizing radiation are used in the safest manner possible. Please contact me if you have any questions.

Radiation Safety Office
Oregon State University


February 17, 2009