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July 2016 Message from Chairperson Jared Thompson

Friday, August 5, 2016   (0 Comments)
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Message from the CRCPD Chairperson

 Jared Thompson

Time has really flown by since the 48th Annual National Conference on Radiation Control in Lexington, Kentucky. It was a great meeting on Radiation Protection, which is the mission and goal of CRCPD. The venue and Night Out were outstanding and we should tip our hats to Sue, Ruth and the Office of the Executive Director (OED) staff for a successful meeting. I hope that everyone is making plans to attend the 49th Annual meeting in Scottsdale, Arizona next May. I want to encourage you to bring someone new to the meeting.

As Chair, I have some big shoes to fill. Bill Irwin is a passionate and dedicated advocate for CRCPD. I will rely on his example and mentoring as I begin to serve as CRCPD Chair. When you look back at the history of CRCPD, you recognize that there are many legacy Chairs, so I am honoerd to become CRCPD Chair.

The CRCPD Executive Board is the engine that drives CRCPD activities. These individuals give time, effort and experience to accomplish the business and technical obligations of CRCPD. But this would not be possible without the members of the committees, liaisons and task force members. These volunteer groups contribute greatly to the overall success of CRCPD.

I am asking the Director Members to encourage their staff members to participate in these working groups.

On June 20-23, 2016, I was pleased to represent CRCPD at the 41st Radiation Safety Standards Committee (RASSC) Waste Safety Standards Committee
(WASSC) meeting at the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in Vienna, Austria. I participated in a Topical Session on Challenges in Regulating Naturally Occurring Radioactive Material (NORM) and discussed the regulatory framework of NORM in the nited States, focusing on the States and the Model Suggested State Regulations, Part N. It was very interesting to note that many of the problems we have in the USA exist in most all the other countries when talking about NORM, waste disposal, radiation safety and disused sources.

The IAEA and its work units are looking for consistent basic radiation safety standards in all areas where radiation or radioactive materials are used. One concept of interest discussed during the meeting was to use the graded approach on regulations and radiation safety outside the nuclear power arena. The graded approach may be useful in the regulation of NORM. This approach may be useful in the development of consistent and less urdensome regulations and safety requirements for the NORM industry. Hopefully, CRCPD can continue to develop a partnership with IAEA dedicated to radiation protection. I am open to any comments or suggestions you may have that would be a benefit to this organization. I can be contacted at jared.thompson@arkansas.gov. Let’s all work together to strengthen and grow CRCPD.

”Don’t get none on ya!!”


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