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Subpart R: Radon from Phosphogypsum Stacks


Workbook: Applying for Other Uses of Phosphogypsum: Preparing and Submitting a Complete Petition Under 40 CFR 61.206 (PDF) (34 pp, 1.0 MB About PDF)

Subpart R protects the public and the environment from the hazards of radioactive materials found in phosphogypsum. Phosphogypsum is a radioactive waste product that results from processing phosphate ore to make phosphoric acid that is later used in fertilizer. Because the phosphate ore contains uranium and radium, phosphogypsum also contains these radionuclides. The radium is of particular concern because it decays to form radon, a cancer-causing, radioactive gas. Phosphogypsum has few uses and is disposed of in large, aboveground stacks.

In addition, there are general requirements that all facilities subject to any NESHAP must meet, 40CFR61, Subpart A: General Provisions Exit EPA Disclaimer.

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