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Radioactive Air Emission License to Operate New Facility

(or Modification of an Existing Source (New Construction or Abatement)

What is the Purpose of this License?
To assure compliance with the standards for radioactive air emissions set by the Department of Ecology. The Department of Health has been delegated federal authority to issue Radioactive Air Emissions Approvals to Construct and Radioactive Air Emissions Licenses to Operate. The Radioactive Air Emissions Licenses to Operate are included in Air Operating Permits issued by the Department of Ecology.
Who Issues this License?
Department of Health
What Activities Require this License?
Any activity that emits, or has the potential to emit, radionuclides into the air.
How Much Will this License Cost?
Fees can be found in WAC 246-254-160.
Do I Need to Include Anything with my Application?
A Notice of Construction application should contain the following information:
  • Facility information.
  • Chemical and physical processes.
  • Abatement technology description and efficiencies including conceptual drawings.
  • Contributing radionuclides and annual possession quantities/release rates.
  • Effluent monitoring system description.
  • Potential-to-emit.
  • Total Effective Dose Equivalent (TEDE) to Maximally Exposed Individual (MEI) calculations.
  • Cost factors or Best Available Radionuclide Control Technology/As Low As Reasonable Achievable Control Technology (BARCT/ALARACT) demonstrations as applicable.
  • Control technology standards.
See WAC 246-247 Appendix A for complete application requirements.
How Long Will it Take to Review my Application?
Within 30 days of receipt of the application (Notice of Construction), the Department of Health will inform the applicant if additional information is required. Within 60 days of receipt of all required information, the Department of Health will issue an approval or denial.
Where do I Submit my Application?
Applications should be mailed to:
    Department of Health
    Office of Radiation Protection
    Radioactive Air Emissions Section
    309 Bradley Blvd. Suite 201
    Richland, WA 99352
    Email: AIRRichland@doh.wa.gov
    Fax (509) 946-0876
Schematic:
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How Long is my License Valid?
A license is valid for five years and must be renewed before it expires.
What is the Appeal Process for the License?
Once issued a license or denial, the applicant can submit a Request for Adjudicative Proceeding to:
    DOH - Adjudicative Service Unit
    310 Israel Road SE
    PO Box 47879
    Olympia, WA 98504-7879
Notes / Comments:
An applicant should contact the Department of Health early in the design phase for guidance.
Permit Timeliness Results

Permit Timeliness data collection is in response to a State Auditor’s Performance Audit and RCW 43.42A. Each regulatory agency developed a plan to improve permit clarity, predictability, and timeliness. Each agency considers the customers experience to ensure permit assistance is simple to use, easy to access, and designed in a customer-friendly manner. Agencies report progress to the Governor’s Office for Regulatory Innovation and Assistance (ORIA). ORIA prepares and distributes reports, with participation from the State Auditor’s Office and Results Washington. See latest report here: https://www.oria.wa.gov/ORIA-2018-PermitTimelinessProgressReport.pdf.

All permits submitted for reporting were entered into this Regulatory Handbook. Here are the results of the performance data:

Estimated Time Required By the Agency to Process a Permit Application (Definition)
Average number of days from Receipt to Complete: 9.5
Maximum number of days from Receipt to Complete: 23

Estimated Time Required By the Agency to Issue a Permit Decision (Definition)
Average number of days from Complete Application to Decision: 4.8
Maximum number of days from Complete Application to Decision: 27

(Summary results based on 4 submittals in 2019)

Where can I get permitting assistance?
Subject matter expert phone: (509) 946-3798
Subject matter expert email: airrichland@doh.wa.gov
Statewide Contact:
Department of Health
Office of Radiation Protection
Radioactive Air Emissions
309 Bradley Blvd., Suite 201
Richland, WA 99352
Fax: (509) 946-0876
Email: airrichland@doh.wa.gov
Website: http://doh.wa.gov/CommunityandEnvironment/Radiation
* Permit information last updated 8/18/2016
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