Radiation Protection Fees Rule

N.C.'s governor entered into an Agreement with the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission (now the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC)) in 1964 to discontinue the NRC regulatory authority and responsibility in N.C. The Radiation Protection Section of the Division of Health Service Regulation (RPS) is charged with upholding the Agreement for N.C. with the NRC in maintaining a radiation protection program for the health and safety of citizens in N.C. that is compatible with the national materials program. Fully funding all of the regulatory activities of the RPS is critical to Agreement State Status maintenance with the NRC. For the last three years, the Radioactive Materials Branch of RPS (RAM) has been operating at a deficit, spending more than it receives in license fees, and has been for the last few years. The fee increase in this proposed rule amendment allows the RAM Branch to be fully funded for the next several fiscal years. This proposed rule amendment is necessary for the agency to continue to maintain its role in the national materials program.