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To find an answer to your question, begin by reviewing information on this website. While we strive to respond to every question submitted, responses can take some time. Before you submit your question, please review the information below. 

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Radiation from medical devices or treatments (x-rays, CT scans, etc.)

The EPA is not a medical agency, and cannot provide advice on individual medical treatments. Patients with questions about medical radiation should discuss their concerns with a qualified health professional. For more information, see:
Frequently Questions about Radiation Protection
Radiation Resources Outside of EPA

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Occupational exposure to radiation

The EPA sets environmental standards that apply to members of the public. Worker safety at facilities licensed to use radioactive materials is handled jointly by the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) and the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). See:
NRC Information for Radiation Workers
OSHA Radiation Information

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Radiation from electronics

Electromagnetic radiation from cell phones, radio transmitters and other devices is regulated by other federal agencies. The EPA sets limits on the radiation introduced into the environment from the use of radioactive elements like uranium. For information on electromagnetic radiation, see: Radiation Resources Outside of EPA

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A specific nuclear power plant

EPA sets environmental standards that apply to members of the public outside nuclear facilities. The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) licenses and oversees nuclear power plants. See: Radiation Resources Outside of EPA

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Learn about Radon on EPA’s Radon website.

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Ultraviolet (UV) radiation index

See the UV Index for your area at the EPA's Sun Safety website.

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Radiation publications from EPA

View and download EPA radiation protection reports, correspondence and other documents in our searchable Radiation Protection Document Library.

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Radiation in consumer products

Learn more about Radiation in Consumer Products or review our Frequently Questions about Radiation Protection.

You can find additional information on these topics and others on our student website, RadTown.

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Sour​ces of radiation

Radiation is around us all the time. Nearly all of it occurs naturally from elements in soils and rocks. Learn the Radiation Basics and about Radiation Sources and Doses.

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Compliance software for radionuclides in air

Learn more about Compliance Software for Radioactive Air Emissions or see our Frequently Questions about Radiation Protection.

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Radiation monitoring of the environment

EPA’s RadNet system monitors the nation’s air, precipitation and drinking water for radiation. See:
Frequently Asked Questions about RadNet

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Radiation in drinking water

See EPA’s drinking water requirements.

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Something else...

See our Frequently Questions about Radiation Protection.

After reviewing the websites listed above, if you still have a question about radiation in the environment, fill out the form below. Please bear in mind that we cannot provide answers to certain types of requests (e.g., commercial endorsements). Journalists should submit questions to the appropriate EPA media contact.

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Office of Radiation and Indoor Air
Radiation Protection Division
1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW  (MC 6608T)
Washington, DC 20460-0001

Find a radiation protection contact in one of the ten EPA Regions.

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