The Radiation Information Database (RADInfo) contains information about facilities that are regulated by U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations for radiation and radioactivity.
RADInfo uses EPA's current "Standard Data Elements For Facility Identification" approved on November 21, 2000. This State/EPA standard offers a common and consistent way to identify facilities of interest to the EPA. RADInfo uses the Data Element Name "Facility Site Name" that is defined as the "public or commercial name of a facility site (i.e., the full name that commonly appears on invoices, signs, or other business documents, or as assigned by the state when the name is ambiguous)." Each facility site will be monitored by one or more environmental interest(s), the environmental permit or regulatory program that applies to the facility site.
RADInfo includes facility information for facilities regulated by these Code of Federal Regulation (CFR) parts: 40 CFR Parts 191 and 194; 40 CFR Part 61; and 40 CFR Part 300. 40 CFR Parts 191 and 194 are EPA's regulations governing the Department of Energy's Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (Part 194) and the management and disposal of spent nuclear fuel, and high-level and transuranic radioactive wastes (Part 191). EPA's regulations limiting the amount of radiation that can be released into the air from a number of different types of facilities are contained in 40 CFR Part 61, Subparts B, H, I, K, Q, R, T, and W. 40 CFR 300 establishes EPA's National Priority List (NPL), and RADInfo only contains information on radioactively-contaminated NPL sites. There are EPA regulated facilities that are not yet included in the RADInfo database, and they are nuclear fuel cycle facilities regulated by 40 CFR Part 190 and designated uranium and thorium mill tailings processing or depository sites regulated by 40 CFR Part 192.
Owners and operators of facilities or sites regulated by EPA must report certain information to EPA on a regular basis in order to demonstrate their compliance with the 40 CFR Part 61 regulations described above. In addition, waste disposal facilities and sites that are listed on EPA's National Priority List have a large amount of data associated with them.
Because RADInfo is only based upon information provided by those sites and facilities regulated by EPA, there may be other facilities subject to EPA regulations that handle radioactive materials that are not included in RADInfo. For example, phosphogypsum piles (also known as stacks) are regulated under 40 CFR 61, Subpart R, but the owners or operators of these stacks are not required to report to EPA until the stacks become inactive. Owners or operators of active phosphogypsum stacks are not required to report to EPA. Thus, information concerning these facilities will not be included in RADInfo. In addition, facilities with radioactive and hazardous (mixed) waste are generally not included in RADInfo.
At this time, RADInfo only identifies sites or facilities regulated by EPA. In the future, EPA hopes to provide additional information which will allow you to access compliance and analysis reports. For now, RADInfo provides links to this type of data where it exists on-line.