Melissa Magstadt, South Dakota Secretary of Health

Radioactive Medical Waste Disposal

Radioactive materials are widely used and frequently transported, often without requirement of labels, marking or shipping papers. Radioactive materials may be medical equipment, industrial meters or test equipment and may not always be marked with the yellow and red radiation sign. Federal law requires that all radioactive material be disposed of appropriately, either through decay or disposal in the correct waste management facility.

The Conference of Radiation Control Program Directors, Inc, (CRCPD) can help find affordable, legal disposition for radioactive material. CRCPD offers:

  • publications describing resources available to the custodian of an orphan radiation source or otherwise unwanted radioactive material.
  • assistance in obtaining help to secure and assess the material and to find suitable outlets or appropriate disposal.

If you experience a loss, theft or discovery of radioactive material, immediately report it to radiation control authorities. This may be the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, the South Dakota Department of Health, or the South Dakota Department of Environment & Natural Resources. For more specific information about disposal of radioactive materials, contact one of the agencies listed below.

Conference of Radiation Control Program Directors

1030 Burlington Lane, Suite 4B
Frankfort, KY  40601
502- 227-4543

South Dakota Department of Health
Licensure & Certification
600 E. Capitol Ave.
Pierre, SD 57501


United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission
Region IV Office
1600 E. Lamar Blvd.
Arlington, TX 76011-4511
Tel: 817-200-1100
Toll Free: 800-952-9677
South Dakota Department of Environment & Natural Resources
523 E. Capitol Ave.
Pierre, SD 57501-3182
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