3.1 Introduction

The University of Iowa generates radioactive wastes as a result of its teaching, research, and patient care activities. The University’s Environmental Health & Safety (EHS) manages radioactive isotope use through its Radiation Protection Program, and radioactive waste disposal through its Radiation Waste Management Program. EHS provides technical assistance for generators to comply with regulations and policies.

Radioactive waste disposal is regulated by the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH), the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). EPA regulations apply to "mixed waste," i.e., waste that is both radioactive and chemical.