The mission of the Radiation Health Branch is to support the beneficial use of radiation, evaluate and control the hazards associated with the use of radiation and protect the citizens of the commonwealth from unnecessary exposure to ionizing radiation.
The Commonwealth of Kentucky is a Nuclear Regulatory Commission agreement state with regulatory control for oversight of all Atomic Energy Act activities in Kentucky, except federal facilities and certain special nuclear material. Kentucky maintains state regulations at least as restrictive as federal regulations.
Kentucky also uses the Conference of Radiation Control Program Directors suggested state regulations to provide uniformity on a national level.
The Radiation Health Program is responsible for licensing, registering and certifying all uses of radiation. It also conducts inspections, reviews and validates environmental surveillance data and manages compliance activities. Additionally, it is responsible for statewide emergency response to radiological incidents and emergencies and is equipped to respond to these events 24 hours a day.
The Radiation Health Program reviews and validates all data related to the Maxey Flats Disposal Site currently undergoing Superfund remediation under a court-ordered consent decree. Maxey Flats Disposal Site information is available from the Radiation Health Program.