Advisory Committees

The N.C. Radiation Protection Commission has six advisory committees and two working groups. Commission members may serve on any committee. Non-commission members require an annual appointment/re-appointment letter. The advisory committees schedule their meetings between March-June following the February regular scheduled commission meeting and August-November following the July regular scheduled commission meeting or sooner called by the Commission Chair.

Emergency Response Advisory Committee

This committee is responsible for advising the Radiation Protection Commission (RPC) in matters related to the Radiation Protection Section's emergency preparedness and response activities, in coordination with the Division of Emergency Preparedness in the Department of Public Safety and other emergency response agencies. This advisory committee consists of six commission and four non-commission members.

Committee Members
Graham T. Johnson, CHP, Chair   Eric Hoffman, FSGT
Elizabeth M. Franklin, MS, DABMP, DABR   Terri Richards
Brian Combs, CIH   James Sawyer, PE
Karen Beck, DVM   David C. Howell
David A. Thompson, CHIP    

Non-Ionizing Advisory Committee

This committee supports the Commission by studying a wide spectrum of non-ionizing radiation issues ranging from lasers to electric and magnetic fields. To date the only committee-recommendation for rulemaking was for regulation of tanning facilities. The committee continues to focus most attention on low-frequency electric and magnetic fields associated with electric transmission lines and wireless technologies. The committee works with interested citizens and the regulated community, including the Utility Commission, the tanning community (registrants and stakeholders) and others to address emerging public, occupational, or environmental concerns related to non-ionizing radiation.

Non-Ionizing Advisory Committee Teleconference Meeting: Monday, September 16, 2019 at 1:30 p.m.

Committee Members
Roger C. Sit, PhD, CHP, Chair   Ben E. Edwards, MS, CLSO, CHP, CMLSO
Carl F. Blackman, Ph.D.   James E. Geddie, PhD

Radioactive Materials Control Advisory Committee

This committee deals with issues and rule drafting related to general radiation protection standards and licensing of radioactive materials and accelerators. Much of the commission's rulemaking authority in this area is defined by an agreement with the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission. The committee is supported by the Low Level Radioactive Waste Subcommittee that assists with issues and rule drafting in the areas of radioactive waste generation, transport and disposal. It is also supported by the Environmental Surveillance Subcommittee that assess and make recommendations to radiological environmental surveillance programs in industry, government, and academia and provides information on radiological environmental surveillance to interested members of the public and other stakeholders. The Radioactive Materials Control Advisory Committee consists of five commission members.

Radioactive Materials Control Advisory Committee Bimonthly Teleconference Meeting:
Wednesday, May 22, 2019 at 9 a.m.;
Wednesday, July 24, 2019 at 9 a.m.; and
Wednesday, September 25, 2019 at 9 a.m.

Committee Members
Carmine M. Plott, Ph.D., CHP, DABR, Chair   Holly J. Burge, M.D.
Graham T. Johnson, CHP   Jerome Hightower, III, MS, DABMP
Roger Sit, Ph.D., CHP    
Subcommittees
Environmental Surveillance Subcommittee
Low-Level Radioactive Waste Management Subcommittee

X-Ray Surveillance Advisory Committee

The committee is responsible for issues related to equipment that produces ionizing radiation when energized. This type of equipment is used for patient imaging in hospitals, medical, dental, chiropractic and podiatry offices. It may also be used for industrial applications as well. The committee assists the RPC by recommending the establishment of rules that are compatible with the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) Code of Federal Regulations (21 CFR) including the Mammography Quality Standards Act (MQSA) of 1992 (21 CFR 900) and the Conference of Radiation Control Program Directors (CRCPD) Suggested State Regulations (SSR). This advisory committee consists of five commission members.

X-ray Surveillance Advisory Committee Bimonthly Teleconference dates:
Wednesday, June 26, 2019 at 9 a.m.;
Wednesday, August 28, 2019 at 9 a.m.;
Wednesday, October 23, 2019 at 9 a.m.

Committee Members
Elizabeth M. Franklin, MS, DABMP, DABR, Chair   Holly Burge, M.D.
Paul Davis, D.C.   John B. Ludlow, D.D.S.
Jerome Hightower, III, MS, DABMP   Robert Phil Blackman, MEd, RT(R)