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EPA Records Schedule 222

Status: (to be superseded) Final, 09/30/2008

Title: Radiological Emergency Planning

Program: Radiation

Applicability: Regions

Function: 104-008-02 - EPA Emergency Preparedness

NARA Disposal Authority:

This schedule authorizes the disposition of the record copy in any media (media neutral), excluding any records already in electronic form. Records designated for permanent retention must be transferred to the National Archives in accordance with NARA standards at the time of transfer.


EPA is responsible for establishing Protective Action Guides (PAGs) for all aspects of radiological emergency planning in coordination with appropriate federal agencies and for preparing guidance for state and local governments on implementation. Includes copies of state and local emergency response plans, inspection reports, correspondence, and safety analysis reports relating to EPA's role in providing guidance and advice to federal, state, and local officials on when and how to take protective actions as they pertain to the effects of radiation exposure to human health from accidents involving radioactive materials. State and local radiological emergency response plans are created for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and EPA receives copies. Nuclear licensees submit final safety analysis reports to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) and NRC provides EPA with copies for review. The EPA files also consist of notes taken by an EPA observer at annual emergency preparedness exercises that are required by FEMA.

Disposition Instructions:

Item a: Record copy


Draft reports may be destroyed after receipt of finals.

Protective action guides (PAGs) are covered by EPA 149 for regulations, standards, and guidelines.

Records relating to the investigation of emissions into the air from radiologically contaminated sites, radioactive waste disposal sites, and industrial sources of radionuclides as air pollutants under NESHAPS are covered by schedule EPA 220. See EPA 207 covers enforcement actions and EPA 211 for compliance.

Specific legal citations include:

Reasons for Disposition:

The disposition instructions have been rewritten as media neutral to allow for maintaining the record copy in EPA's electronic recordkeeping system. The retention has not changed.

Item b for electronic copies created with word processing and electronic mail applications deleted 08/18/2006 pursuant to NARA Bulletin 2006-04.


Multiple units

Related Schedules:

EPA 149, EPA 207, EPA 211, EPA 220

Previous NARA Disposal Authority:

NC1-412-76-1/II/8, NC-412-76-8/12 and 15, NC1-412-85-18/5, N1-412-98-2

Entry: 06/17/1992

EPA Approval: 07/18/2007

NARA Approval: 08/07/2008

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