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SCATR Program  (Source Collection and Threat Reduction)
last updated  8/19/2014


2014 – 2015 CRCPD/SCATR Source Collection and Disposal Opportunity

The Conference Radiation Control Program Directors (CRCPD) Source Collection and Threat Reduction (SCATR) Program will begin its 2014-2015 disused and unwanted radioactive sealed source collection and disposal effort in October 2014.  CRCPD/SCATR provides cost-shared support for the packaging, transport, and disposal of Class A, B, and C sources with access to a commercial disposal facility.  Licensees in all 50 States and U.S. territories are potentially eligible for program participation. 

SCATR is funded through a grant provided by the Department of Energy (DOE) National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA).  CRCPD/SCATR is targeting a 45% cost-share amount for 2014-2015 program participants.  Licensees located in States not included in the 2013-2014 collection effort (i.e., those in States with membership in the Texas-Vermont, Northwest/Rocky-Mountain and Atlantic Compacts) will receive additional cost-share consideration.

Source collection and cost-share targets are set on an annual basis; CRCPD/SCATR expects cost-share amounts to decrease each year going forward.  While the program makes every effort to assist as many eligible generators as possible each year at the targeted cost-share amount, the cost-share support available, as well as the number and location of sources collected, are subject to funding, logistic, and other considerations.

To be considered for SCATR participation, licensees must register their disused and unwanted sources with the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) Off-Site Source Recovery Project (OSRP) at:


Interested licensees are encouraged to complete source registration as soon as possible. Source registration does not imply a commitment by either the generator or CRCPD with regard to program participation.  CRCPD will begin contacting registered generators in October 2014 with further information.  Generators who have already registered sources with OSRP will automatically be considered for participation.  However, they are encouraged to verify online that their registered source inventory and contact information is accurate and up to date.   

For more information on CRCPD/SCATR or the 2014-2015 nationwide SCATR collection, please contact Russ Meyer at 512-761-3822 or rmeyer@crcpd.org,

What is SCATR?

The SCATR Program is an initiative to reduce the amount of unused radioactive material stored by licensees.  CRCPD is working with the Los Alamos National Lab (LANL) and the Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration for disposition of these radiation sources that could be used for malicious intent.   
The Department of Energy recognized that the availability of disposal of such sources is limited and expensive and has initiated this rare opportunity for licensees to have financial assistance in the proper disposition of these sources. 

The Source Collection and Threat Reduction (SCATR) Program is:
  • A project of the Conference of Radiation Control Program Directors, Inc. (CRCPD), in cooperation with individual State and local radiation control programs;
  • Supported by the U.S. Department of Energy National Nuclear Security Agency;
  • To provide funds for the disposition of unwanted radioactive material;
  • A supplement to other Federal and national programs of assistance with radioactive material
 A material is eligible for SCATR Program if it is:
  • No longer wanted by the owner;
  • Discrete radioactive material (sealed sources or vials but not scaled pipe), whether naturally occurring, or accelerator or reactor produced;
  • Under either general or specific license, by either a State or the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission;
  • Not eligible for assistance by another Federal or national program; or
  • less than 750 mg of radium or less than 10 Ci of other non-transuranic; and
    greater than 120 day half-life; and it is registered at http://osrp.lanl.gov/crcpdscatr.shtml.   
    (Larger quantities of these materials are dealt with by the DOE Off-Site Recovery Program and should be registered at http://osrp.lanl.gov)
  • Acceptable for disposition at an existing outlet; and
  • Included in a collection, in most cases, as may be organized by a radiation control agency, users group or in some cases a manufacturer, in cooperation with the CRCPD.

 To implement a SCATR project the organizers must, assisted by the SCATR staff:

  • Identify unwanted materials;
  • Find outlets for disposition of the materials ;
  • Establish a facility in which to collect the materials;
  • Obtain commitment of SCATR funds;
  • Contract for the inspection, packaging, transportation and disposition of the materials;
  • Arrange transportation of materials to the collection point;
  • Perform the collection and disposition;
  • File the reports of transfer with the licensing agencies;
  • Request payment for contracted services;
  • Report what was done and lessons learned for subsequent projects.
CRCPD needs state radiation control program sponsors for collection and disposal.

Collection schedules and funding are prioritized, based on the most efficient use of program funds.  Reimbursement for disposition of unwanted radioactive sources will be through agreements with States or other organizers.

If your state is interested in assisting in the collection, please contact Russ Meyer, <RMeyer@crcpd.org> at CRCPD.

Download the SCATR bulletin and program description for 2014-2015 here.

Download a Word copy of a state program letter here.

For more information about CRCPD assistance,  see Unwanted Rad. Material also on crcpd.org