Safety & Resilience

In 1980, Oregon passed rules to prohibit disposal of radioactive materials in the state.
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Oregon Administrative Rules require that a person cannot hold or place discarded or unwanted radioactive material for more than seven days within the state. Oregon Department of Energy staff will work with Oregon businesses or municipalities that need to dispose of radioactive materials properly.

Virtually all materials contain some radioactivity, so the rules also help identify materials that could be disposed of or are exempt from the rule, such as slightly radioactive materials that present minimal health hazards.

OAR 345-050  outlines the radioactive waste disposal rules in Oregon, with three tables that list the disposal exemptions, such as specific exempt elements, naturally occurring elements, and exempt quantities.

If you have questions about the administration of these rules, please contact our Nuclear Safety Division.
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