Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP)
Fukushima Information and Resources
EPA is aware of some public concern that has been raised by recent articles about the impact of the potentially ongoing radioactive leaks from the damaged nuclear reactors in Fukushima. EPA’s air monitoring data have not shown any radioactive elements associated with the damaged Japanese reactors since late 2011, and even then, the levels found were very low—always well below any level of public health concern.
We are providing the following links to the most current information from trusted scientific organizations that continue to monitor the situation:
- Situational Updates – International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
- Current Radiation Monitoring: RadNet - U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
- Food Safety –
- Marine Debris – National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
- State-Specific Sampling Programs - Oregon
- Frequently Asked Questions - U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Regulations Under Review
- National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAPs)-Radon from Operating Uranium Mill Tailings On April 17, 2014 Administrator McCarthy signed the proposed rule for the revision to these standards. The proposed rule will be published soon in the Federal Register, beginning a 90-day public comment period. In addition, EPA may conduct public hearings on the proposed rulemaking. Please check back for date(s)/time(s) of possible public hearings.
- Comment period open. EPA is seeking public input on its environmental radiation protection standards for normal (non-emergency) operations of uranium fuel cycle facilities. The Agency has issued an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPR) for 40 CFR 190(“Environmental Protection Standards for Nuclear Power Operations”). Comments are due on June 4, 2014.
- 40 CFR Part 192 Health and Environmental Protection Standards for Uranium and Thorium Mill Tailings
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