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Virginia Administrative Code
Title 12. Health
Agency 5. Department of Health
Chapter 481. Virginia Radiation Protection Regulations
4/25/2017

12VAC5-481-390. Source Material.

Article 2. Exemptions from the Regulatory Requirements

A. Common and contract carriers, freight forwarders, warehousemen, and the U.S. Postal Service are exempt from this part and the requirements for a license set forth in this chapter to the extent that they transport or store radioactive material in the regular course of the carriage for another or storage incident thereto.

B. Any person is exempt from Part III (12VAC5-481-380 et seq.) of this chapter to the extent that such person receives, possesses, uses, owns, transfers, or delivers source material in any chemical mixture, compound, solution, or alloy in which the source material is by weight less than 0.05% of the mixture, compound, solution or alloy. The exemption contained in this chapter does not apply to Australian-obligated radioactive material, nor does it include byproduct materials as defined in 12VAC5-481-10.

C. Any person is exempt from Part III (12VAC5-481-380 et seq.) of this chapter to the extent that such person receives, possesses, uses, or transfers unrefined and unprocessed ore containing source material; provided that, except as authorized in a specific license, such person shall not refine or process such ore.

D. Any person is exempt from Parts III (12VAC5-481-380 et seq.), IV (12VAC5-481-600 et seq.), and X (12VAC5-481-2250 et seq.) of this chapter to the extent such person receives, possesses, uses, or transfers:

1. Any quantities of thorium contained in (i) incandescent gas mantles, (ii) vacuum tubes; (iii) welding rods; (iv) electric lamps for illuminating purposes provided that each lamp does not contain more than 50 milligrams of thorium; (v) germicidal lamps, sunlamps, and lamps for outdoor or industrial lighting provided that each lamp does not contain more than 2 grams of thorium; (vi) rare earth metals and compounds, mixtures, and products containing not more than 0.25% by weight thorium, uranium, or any combination of these; or (vii) personnel neutron dosimeters provided that each dosimeter does not contain more than 50 milligrams of thorium.

2. Source material contained in the following products:

a. Glaze ceramic tableware manufactured before August 27, 2013, provided that the glaze contains not more than 20% by weight source material;

b. Piezoelectric ceramic containing not more than 2.0% by weight source material;

c. Glassware containing not more than 2.0% by weight source material or for glassware manufactured before August 27, 2013, 10% by weight source material, but not including commercially manufactured glass brick, pane glass, ceramic tile, or other glass or ceramic used in construction; or

d. Glass enamel or glass enamel frit containing not more than 10% by weight source material imported or ordered for importation into the United States, or initially distributed by manufacturers in the United States, before July 25, 1983. (On July 25, 1983, the exemption of glass enamel or glass enamel frit was suspended. The exemption was eliminated on September 11, 1984.)

3. Photographic film, negatives, and prints containing uranium or thorium.

4. Any finished product or part fabricated of or containing tungsten-thorium or magnesium-thorium alloys, provided that the thorium content of the alloy does not exceed 4.0% by weight and that the exemption shall not be deemed to authorize the chemical, physical, or metallurgical treatment or processing of any such product or part.

5. Uranium contained in counterweights installed in aircraft, rockets, projectiles, and missiles, or stored or handled in connection with installation or removal of such counterweights provided that:

a. Each counterweight has been impressed with the following legend clearly legible through any plating or other covering: "Depleted Uranium";

b. Each counterweight is durably and legibly labeled or marked with the identification of the manufacturer, and the statement: "Unauthorized Alterations Prohibited" (The requirements of this subdivision need not be met by counterweights manufactured prior to December 31, 1969, provided that such counterweights were manufactured under a specific license issued by the Atomic Energy Commission and were impressed with the legend required by 10 CFR 40.13(c)(5)(ii) in effect on June 30, 1969); and

c. The exemption contained in this subsection shall not be deemed to authorize the chemical, physical, or metallurgical treatment or processing of any such counterweights other than repair or restoration of any plating or other covering.

6. Natural or depleted uranium metal used as shielding constituting part of any shipping container, provided that:

a. The shipping container is conspicuously and legibly impressed with the legend: "CAUTION—RADIOACTIVE SHIELDING—URANIUM", and

b. The uranium metal is encased in mild steel or equally fire-resistant metal of minimum wall thickness of 1/8 inch (3.2 mm).

7. Thorium or uranium contained in or on finished optical lenses and mirrors, provided that each lens or mirror does not contain more than 10% by weight thorium or uranium or, for lenses manufactured before August 27, 2013, 30% by weight of thorium; and that the exemption contained in this paragraph does not authorize either:

a. The shaping, grinding, or polishing of such lens or mirror or manufacturing processes other than the assembly of such lens or mirror into optical systems and devices without any alteration of the lens or mirror; or

b. The receipt, possession, use, or transfer of uranium or thorium contained in contact lens, spectacles, or eyepieces in binoculars or other optical instruments.

8. Thorium contained in any finished aircraft engine part contained nickel-thoria alloy, provided that:

a. The thorium is dispersed in the nickel-thoria alloy in the form of finely divided thoria (thorium dioxide); and

b. The thorium content in the nickel-thoria alloy does not exceed 4.0% by weight.

9. The exemptions in this subsection do not authorize the manufacture of any products described.

10. No person may initially transfer for sale or distribution a product containing source material to persons exempt under this subsection or equivalent regulations of the NRC or another agreement state, unless authorized by the NRC with a license issued under 10 CFR 40.52 to initially transfer such products for sale or distribution.

a. Persons initially distributing source material in products covered by the exemptions in this section before August 27, 2013, without specific authorization may continue such distribution for one year beyond this date. Initial distribution may also be continued until the NRC takes final action on a pending application for license or license amendment to specifically authorize distribution submitted no later than one year beyond this date.

b. Persons authorized to manufacture, process, or produce these materials or products containing source material, and persons who import finished products or parts, for sale or distribution shall be authorized by an NRC license issued under 10 CFR 40.52 for distribution only and are exempt from the requirements of 12VAC5-481-450 and Parts IV (12VAC5-481-600 et seq.) and X (12VAC5-481-2250 et seq.) of this chapter.

Statutory Authority

§ 32.1-229 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Volume 22, Issue 25, eff. September 20, 2006; amended, Virginia Register Volume 24, Issue 18, eff. June 12, 2008; Volume 25, Issue 02, eff. November 1, 2008; Volume 32, Issue 24, eff. August 25, 2016; Volume 33, Issue 11, eff. February 22, 2017.

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