Current law allows the state board of health to adopt rules concerning the disposal of naturally occurring radioactive materials (NORM) only after the federal environmental protection agency (EPA) has adopted rules concerning the disposal of NORM. The EPA has not adopted the rules. The bill:
- Requires the state board to adopt rules for the disposal of NORM and technologically enhanced NORM (TENORM); and
- While the state board is conducting its rule-making investigation, temporarily prohibits the disposal of oil and gas exploration and production waste (EP waste) with potentially high concentrations of radionuclides at a facility that is not specifically approved and designated to receive the waste unless:
- The generator of the waste has sampled and tested the EP waste on a per-shipment basis or in a representative and statistically valid manner approved by the state board; and
- The results of the test indicate that the EP waste contains low levels of TENORM.
A generator of EP waste must file reports with the state board.
(Note: This summary applies to this bill as introduced.)