United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission - Protecting People and the Environment

U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission

Question 72: Will certain materials licensees (such as

teletherapy and brachytherapy licensees) be required to

conduct environmental monitoring in unrestricted areas to

demonstrate compliance with the new dose limit for

individual members of the public?

Answer: Yes. The licensee must demonstrate compliance

with 10 CFR 20.1301. Licensees must perform radiation

surveys in areas adjacent to locations where radioactive

materials are used or stored. It is unlikely, however,

that a licensee will need to perform effluent or

environmental monitoring if it is only licensed for

teletherapy and/or brachytherapy. (References: 10 CFR

20.1302, Byproduct Material licenses (medical))

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