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Virginia Administrative Code
Title 12. Health
Agency 5. Department of Health
Chapter 481. Virginia Radiation Protection Regulations
1/21/2020

12VAC5-481-420. General Licenses -- Source Material.

A. Small quantities of source material.

1. A general license is hereby issued authorizing commercial and industrial firms; research, educational, and medical institutions; and federal, state, and local government agencies to receive, possess, use, and transfer uranium and thorium, in their natural isotopic concentrations and in the form of depleted uranium, for research, development, educational, commercial, or operational purposes in the following forms and quantities:

a. No more than 1.5 kg (3.3 lb) of uranium and thorium in dispersible forms (e.g. gaseous, liquid, powder, etc.) at any one time. Any material processed by the general licensee that alters the chemical or physical form of the material containing source material shall be accounted for as a dispersible form. A person authorized to possess, use, and transfer source material under this subdivision may not receive more than a total of 7 kg (15.4 lb) of uranium and thorium in any one calendar year; and

b. No more than a total of 7 kg (15.4 lb) of uranium and thorium at any one time. A person authorized to possess, use, and transfer source material under this subdivision may not receive more than a total of 70 kg (154 lb) of uranium and thorium in any one calendar year. A person may not alter the chemical or physical form of the source material possessed under this subdivision unless it is accounted for under the limits of subdivision 1 a of this subsection; or

c. No more than 7 kg (15.4 lb) of uranium, removed during the treatment of drinking water, at any one time. A person may not remove more than 70 kg (154 lb) of uranium from drinking water during a calendar year under this paragraph; or

d. No more than 7 kg (15.4 lb) of uranium and thorium at laboratories for the purpose of determining the concentration of uranium and thorium contained within the material being analyzed at any one time. A person authorized to possess, use, and transfer source material under this paragraph may not receive more than a total of 70 kg (154 lb) of source material in any one calendar year.

2. Any person who receives, possesses, uses, or transfers source material in accordance with the general license in subdivision 1 of this subsection:

a. Is prohibited from administering source material, or the radiation therefrom, either externally or internally, to human beings except as may be authorized by the agency in a specific license.

b. Shall not abandon such source material. Source material may be disposed of as follows:

(1) A cumulative total of 0.5 kg (1.1 lb) of source material in a solid, nondispersible form may be transferred each calendar year, by a person authorized to receive, possess, use, and transfer source material under this general license to persons receiving the material for permanent disposal. The recipient of source material transferred under the provisions of this subdivision is exempt from the requirements to obtain a license under this part to the extent the source material is permanently disposed. This provision does not apply to any person who is in possession of source material under a specific license issued under this chapter; or

(2) In accordance with 12VAC5-481-910.

c. Is subject to the provisions in 12VAC5-481-100, 12VAC5-481-110, 12VAC5-481-380, 12VAC5-481-500, 12VAC5-481-570, 12VAC5-481-580, and 12VAC5-481-1110.

d. Shall not export such source material except in accordance with 10 CFR Part 110.

3. Any person who receives, possesses, uses, or transfers source material in accordance with subdivision 1 of this subsection shall conduct activities so as to minimize contamination of the facility and the environment. When activities involving such source material are permanently ceased at any site, if evidence of significant contamination is identified, the general licensee shall notify the agency about such contamination and may consult with the agency as to the appropriateness of sampling and restoration activities to ensure that any contamination or residual source material remaining at the site where source material was used under this general license is not likely to result in exposures that exceed the limits in 12VAC5-481-1161.

4. Any person who receives, possesses, uses, or transfers source material in accordance with the general license granted in subdivision 1 of this subsection is exempt from the provisions of Parts IV (12VAC5-481-600 et seq.) and X (12VAC5-481-2250 et seq.) of this chapter to the extent that such receipt, possession, use, and transfer are within the terms of this general license, except that such person shall comply with the provisions of 12VAC5-481-910 and 12VAC5-481-1161 to the extent necessary to meet the provisions of subdivisions 2 (b) and 3 of this subsection. However, this exemption does not apply to any person who also holds a specific license issued under this chapter.

5. No person may initially transfer or distribute source material to persons generally licensed under subdivision 1 a or b of this subsection, or equivalent regulations of the NRC or another agreement state, unless authorized by a specific license issued in accordance with subdivision E of this subsection or equivalent provisions of the NRC or another agreement state. This prohibition does not apply to analytical laboratories returning processed samples to the client who initially provided the sample.

B. General license to receive title to source or radioactive material. A general license is hereby issued authorizing the receipt of title to source or radioactive material without regard to quantity. This general license does not authorize any person to receive, possess, deliver, use or transfer source or radioactive material.

C. Depleted uranium in industrial products and devices.

1. A general license is hereby issued to receive, acquire, possess, use or transfer, in accordance with the provisions of subdivisions 2, 3, 4, and 5 of this subsection, depleted uranium contained in industrial products or devices for the purpose of providing a concentrated mass in a small volume of the product or device.

2. The general license in subdivision 1 of this subsection applies only to industrial products or devices that have been manufactured or initially transferred in accordance with a specific license issued by the agency, the NRC, or another agreement state, which authorizes manufacture of the products or devices for distribution to persons generally licensed.

3. Persons who receive, acquire, possess, or use depleted uranium pursuant to the general license in subdivision 1 of this subsection shall file a registration form with the agency by an appropriate method. The form shall be submitted within 30 days after the first receipt or acquisition of such depleted uranium and the agency shall be notified, in writing, within 30 days, of any change afterwards. The registrant shall furnish the following information and such other information as may be required:

a. Name and address of the registrant;

b. A statement that the registrant has developed and will maintain procedures designed to establish physical control over the depleted uranium described in subdivision 1 of this subsection and designed to prevent transfer of such depleted uranium in any form, including metal scrap, to persons not authorized to receive the depleted uranium; and

c. Name, title, or both; address; and telephone number of the individual duly authorized to act for and on behalf of the registrant in supervising the procedures identified in this subdivision.

4. A person who receives, acquires, possesses, or uses depleted uranium pursuant to the general license established in subdivision 1 of this subsection:

a. Shall not introduce such depleted uranium, in any form, into a chemical, physical, or metallurgical treatment or process, except a treatment or process for repair or restoration of any plating or other covering of the depleted uranium.

b. Shall not abandon such depleted uranium.

c. Shall transfer or dispose of such depleted uranium only by transfer in accordance with 12VAC5-481-570. In the case where the transferee receives the depleted uranium pursuant to the general license established by subdivision 1 of this subsection, the transferor shall furnish the transferee a copy of this subsection and a copy of the appropriate agency form. In the case where the transferee receives the depleted uranium pursuant to a general license contained in a NRC or another agreement state's regulation equivalent to this subsection, the transferor shall furnish the transferee with a copy of this subsection and a copy of the appropriate agency form accompanied by a note explaining that use of the product or device is regulated by the NRC or agreement state under requirements substantially the same as those in this subsection.

d. Within 30 days of any transfer, shall report, in writing, to the agency the name and address of the person receiving the source material pursuant to such transfer.

5. Any person receiving, acquiring, possessing, using, or transferring depleted uranium pursuant to the general license established by subdivision 1 of this subsection is exempt from the requirements of Parts IV (12VAC5-481-600 et seq.) and X (12VAC5-481-2250 et seq.) of 12VAC5-481 with respect to the depleted uranium covered by that general license.

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 32, Issue 24, eff. August 25, 2016.

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