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Radioactive substances regulation (RSR) guidance

This guidance is aimed at helping readers understand the permitting and other requirements specific to Radioactive Substances Regulation.

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This guidance is aimed at helping readers understand the permitting and other requirements specific to Radioactive Substances Regulation.

The main objectives of Radioactive Substances Regulation are to establish and maintain control over the keeping, use and security of radioactive materials including sealed radioactive sources and mobile radioactive apparatus; ensure that the accumulation and disposal of radioactive wastes are managed effectively to limit radiological impact on the general public and the environment; and ensure operators make appropriate financial provisions for re-use, recycle or disposal of high activity sealed radioactive sources. RSR-specific requirements are set out in Schedule 23 to the Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) Regulations.

This guidance is being published to help the Environment Agency, which is responsible for Radioactive Substances Regulation, and those whose operations involve the keeping and use of radioactive materials, and the accumulation and disposal of radioactive waste.

This guidance is part of a series of documents which accompany the Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) Regulations including the Core Guidance for the Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) Regulations 2010 which describes the general permitting and compliance requirements. This guidance should be read in conjunction with the Core Guidance. The Environment Agency has provided additional guidance on RSR. These are available on the further information links below.

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