In 1980, Oregon passed rules to prohibit disposal of radioactive materials in the state.
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.
If you have questions about the administration of these rules, please contact our Nuclear Safety Division.