The drinking water PAG is non-regulatory guidance for emergency situations only. Immediately following a radiological incident, community water systems must return to compliance with the EPA’s Radionuclides Rule. Public water suppliers will be required t
State and local officials will make decisions about continued use of tap water based upon the conditions on-site during a radiological emergency. The drinking water PAG provides information they will consider.
Natural background radiation is all around us. Background radiation varies from place to place and over time, depending on the amount of naturally-occurring radioactive elements in soil, water and air.
The EPA recommends that you first try the Migration Utility that is a part of CAP 88-PC Version 4. When you first install Version 4, you must do two things: First, install the code, and, second, run the Migration Utility.
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has regulatory authority over storage and disposal of all commercially-generated nuclear wastes in the United States, as well as disposal of spent fuel and high-level wastes generated by the Department of Energy.
The EPA is a member of several interdisciplinary radiological emergency response teams. Any one of these teams can be called upon to support a radiological emergency. Some of these teams are listed here.
Federal Radiological Monitoring and Assessment
Food in sealed containers, bottled water, sealed juice, unopened soda containers and any unspoiled food in your refrigerator or freezer will be safe to eat. Use a damp towel or cloth to wipe off cans, bottles, packaged foods, counters, plates, pots and ute