Radiation Protection Rule

North Carolina entered into an agreement with the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission (currently the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission or NRC) on August 1, 1964. This agreement provided for the discontinuance of the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission's regulatory authority and responsibility within the state of N.C. as long as the Commission determined N.C.'s program for radiation protection was compatible with federal regulations and the program was adequate to protect public health and safety. N.C. became an Agreement State as a result of the agreement signed by the governor. The agreement requires N.C. to continue to maintain compatibility with federal NRC radiation protection rules and failure could result in N.C. losing its Agreement State status with the NRC. The federal regulations for security practices for entities that use radioactive materials for category 1 and category 2 sources of radiation were recently revised in 10 CFR 37. The proposed rule adoption that is compatible with these federal regulations on category 1 and category 2 radioactive materials sources usage security practices is necessary to ensure the safety of N.C. citizens and for N.C. to remain an Agreement State with the NRC.