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STATE PERSPECTIVE ON WAYS TO IMPROVE RADIATION PROTECTION PRINCIPLES

Cardwell, Cynthia C.*

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State radiation regulators have a broad scope of regulatory authority. They are responsible for regulating both man-made and naturally occurring radioactive material, radiation-producing machines, and nonionizing sources of radiation. This broad-scope authority presents challenges to state radiation regulatory agencies that must implement and maintain a regulatory framework that incorporates radiation safety principles for all types of uses, without unduly hindering effective use of sources of radiation. The challenges include resource allocation, prioritization of risk in order to appropriately allocate resources, and the ability to effectively predict and respond to changing risk-informed priorities. Changes in radiation protection principles and policies must be accomplished through a partnership of stakeholders to be most effective and to meet these challenges.

* Conference of Radiation Control Program Directors, Inc., 205 Capital Avenue, Frankfort, Kentucky 40601.

For correspondence or reprints contact: the author at the above address, or email at cindy.cardwell@tdh.state.tx.us.

(Manuscript received 6 April 2004; accepted 20 May 2004)

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