Mike Welling, Director
Phone number: (804) 864-8168
Fax number: (804)-864-8155
February 12, 2016: On February 8th, the Virginia Register of Regulations printed the revision to 12VAC5-481-451 "Physical Protection of Category 1 and 2 Quantities of Radioactive Material". The notice can be found by clicking on this hyperlink: 12VAC5-481-451 revision. This regualtion revision becomes effective on March 8th. The new definitions are being published in the February 23rd Virginai Register. A word copy of the new definitions is provided for your use: 12VAC5-481-10 2-23-2016 revision.
January 6, 2016:The meeting location in the Tidewater region has been finalized. The meeting will be held on Tuesday January 26th at the Hampton University Student Center. The following hyperlink is a pdf map of the campus, the Student Center is building number 68: HU Campus Map
To summarize the meetings being held to discuss the 12VAC5-481 revisions, the following are dates and locations for the meetings. The time is 9 am - 12am for the morning session and 1:30 pm - 4 pm for the afternoon session which will discuss the revision to 12VAC5-481-451, "Increased controls and fingerprinting". This session will be open to licensees who meet the increased control requirements, Local Law Enforcement Agencies (LLEA) and the FBI.
1/19: Permiter Center, Richmond (9960 Mayland Dr., Henrico VA 23230). The conference center is located on the 2nd floor. Free parking is located in front of the building.
1/21: Roanoke College Map
1/26: Hampton University Map
1/28: INOVA Fair Oaks Hospital, Fairfax Map (the meeting will be held in the Medical Building number 3580, Cancer Center Auditorium)
January 5, 2016:On December 14, 2015 the NRC issues Regulatory Issue Summary (RIS) 2015-18 titled "Sodium Iodide (I-131) Patient Release Information Collection." To view the RIS and the Federal Register Notice listed in the RIS please click on the following:
December 28, 2015:A mistake was made on the letter mailed out regarding the 12VAC5-481 meetings. The correct date for the Fairfax meeting is Thursday January 28, not Tuesday.
The Roanoke meeting is being held on the campus of Roanoke College in the Massengil Auditorium. Parking will be allowed in the Lower Olin Parking Lot (P11), located off Thompson Memorial Drive (RT311). This parking pass will need to be displayed in your vehicle: Roanoke Parking Pass. The following map of Roanoke College will assist you in walking from the parking lot to Massengil Auditorium: Roanoke College Map.
Decebmer 22, 2015:Today the following letter was sent out to all licensee RSOs regarding meetings being held in January to discuss the upcoming revision to 12VAC5-481: 12VAC5-481 Meeting Letter.
The meetings will be divided into two sessions, one in the morning and one in the afternoon. The morning session will begin at 9 am and end at 12 pm. This session will discuss revisions to 12VAC5-481 that affect all licensees. The afternoon session held from 1:30 pm until 4 pm, will discuss the revision to 12VAC5-481-451, "Increased controls and fingerprinting". This session will be open to licensees who meet the increased control requirements, Local Law Enforcement Agencies (LLEA) and the FBI.
Registration will not be required to attend these meetings. If you have any questions please contact Mike Welling by email at Mike Welling.
October 27, 2014: Beginning next Monday (11/3), the RMP is undergoing an inspection by the NRC under the Integrated Materials Performance Evaluation Program (IMPEP). This inspection is scheduled to last the entire week, during which RMP staff may be unavailable to answer phone calls or emails. We will respond to your inquiries as time allows us. If you have an urgent matter, please dial 804-864-8150 and ask to speak to a member of the RMP.
September 9, 2014:In June of 2011 the NRC issued its Safety Culture Policy Statement. The RMP sent out notices prior to this regarding the Safety Culture Policy. The NRC is now conducting a survey regarding the Safety Culture policy.The survey consists of 20 questions and takes approximately 20 minutes to complete. It asks licensees for feedback regarding:
1. Awareness of the Safety Culture Policy Statement
2. Whether they have received safety culture materials from the NRC or Agreement States
3. Satisfaction with the outreach and education products they have received
4. Overall satisfaction with the level and quality of communications from the NRC or Agreement States about safety culture
Today we have sent out a letter to all licensees infomrming them of this survey and providing the following link if they wish to participate. NRC Safety Culture Survey
December 20, 2013:We have implemented a credit card payment system for the Radioactive Materials Program. Licensees may pay their initial application and annual license fee payments while reciprocity licensees may pay their fees using this system. The page may be found at: Credit Card Payment Site. If you have any questions please contact us at 804-864-8169.
November 13, 2013:The CRCPD is extending the period for registering unwanted sources into the SCATR program for a roundup occuring in 2014. The following letter is being mailed to each licensee: CRCPD SCATR Letter
November 5, 2013:The Preceptor and Attestation form for unsealed radioactive material requiring a written directive has been revised to include Xofigo.
October 30, 2013:The FDA has approved Vizamyl (flutemetamol F 18 injection), a radioactive diagnostic drug for use with positron emission tomography (PET) imaging of the brain in adults being evaluated for Alzheimer's disease (AD) and dementia. Here is a link to the press release: Vizamyl Press Release
August 30, 2013: The NRC has updated their address for sending in fingerprints. The new address is:
DirectorDivision of Facilities and Security U.S. NRC 11545 Rockville Pike Rockville, MD 20852-2738 ATTN: Criminal History Program, Mail Stop T-03B46M
June 17, 2013: The Source Collection and Threat Reduction Program (SCATR) administered by the Conference of Radiation Control Program Directors (CRCPD) is providing sealed source licensees in states which do not have access to an in-Compact low-level radioactive waste disposal facility an opportunity to dispose of certain unwanted radioactive sealed sources. CRCPD is offering generators who participate in this limited-time opportunity financial assistance equal to 50% of the cost of collection, processing, and disposal. Generators must register their sources with the Offsite Source Recovery Project (OSRP) OSRP by June 30, 2013 to qualify for participation in this cost-shared disposal effort. For more information, see the following document: CRCPD/SCTR Document
May 16, 2013: On May 15th the FDA approved the use of Xofigo (Ra-223 dichloride) for the treatment of men with symptomatic late-stage (metastic) castration-resistant prostate cancer that has spread to the bones but not other organs. Bayer has the marketing rights to Xofigo. The use of Xofigo will be under 12VAC5-481-1950 and the Authorized Users must be approved for this use. The FDA notice can be found here: FDA Ra-223 Announcement. If you have any other questions regarding the use of Xofigo, please contact us.
May 9, 2013: On May 7, 2013 the NRC issued FSME-13-041 titled "Notice of an upcoming webinar and request for comments on consideration of rulemaking to address prompt remediation of residual radioactivity during operations." This document states the webinar will be held on June 4th from 12 pm until 3 pm. For more information, the document can be found here: FSME-13-041
November 6, 2012: On September 4th Governor McDonnel approved the revision to 12VAC5-490 "Fee Schedule". The regulations were then printed in the Virginia Regsiter on October 8th. These regulations will go into effect on November 22, 2012. A table of the revised fee schedule is provided for your review: 12VAC5-490 2012 Amended. If you have any questions regarding the new amended fee schedule please call Mike Welling at 804-864-8168.
June 7, 2012: SCATR Program to Begin Collection of Class A Sources for Disposal at Clive. Click on the following link for a word document containing all the information regarding this issue: Clive Disposal
July 29, 2011: On Wednesday July 27th the Food and Drug Administation (FDA) released a safety communication to stop using CardioGen-82 for PET scans. Bracco Diagnostics, Inc. has issued a voluntary recall of CardioGen-82. For more information please read the communication: CardioGen-82 Recall or visit the FDA website at: FDA CardioGen Webpage
July 17, 2011: On Friday July 15th the Food and Drug Administation (FDA) released a safety announcement regarding CardioGen-82 used for positron tomography (PET) scans. For more information please visit the FDA website at: FDA CardioGen-82 Announcement
June 15, 2011: The Radioactive Materials Program is hosting the Orginization of Agreement States (OAS) annual conference on August 22-25 at the Omni Hotel in Richmond. The conference is an opportunity for the 37 Agreement States, the NRC and other federal partners to meet and discuss issues relating to radioactive material regulating. There will also be vendors representing manufacturers/distributors of medical isotopes and survey instrumentation. For more information please visit the OAS website at: OAS Webpage
June 6, 2011: On May 20, 2011 the NRC published in the Federal Register (76 FR 29171) a notice of two public workshops to be held. The first workshop will be held on June 20-21 in New York, New York and the second will be held on August 11-12 in Houston, TX. The workshops are meant to solicit comments on certain issues under consideration to amend the medical use regulations, including reporting and notifications of Medical Events (MEs) for permanent implant brachytherapy. The workshops will also be viewable by webinar. The NRC has created a website with specific information and a webinar link, it can be found at: NRC Part 35 Meeting
September 8: Gulf Nuclear Model 71-2A Source: Model 71-2A Neutron Well Logging sources will be losing its special form certificate in the near future. For those licensee possessing these sources there are a few options for disposition of these sources. Gulf Nuclear has issued the following notice: Gulf Nuclear Notice and The Department of Energy's Off-Site Source Recovery Project (OSRP) has issued the following notice: OSRP Notice.
September 3: On August 6, 2010, the NRC published in the Federal Register (75 FR 33902) the proposed increased controls regulations. The new regulations would create Part 37 in 10 CFR. A public comment period was set until October 13th to allow for you to comment on these proposed regulations. There are several new regulations being created which may be of interest to you. I highly recommend you review this regulation and comment to the NRC before October 13th, this will be your only time to do so. Virginia will follow and create our increased control regulations once the NRC publishes the final regulations. The proposed regulations are posted here: 10 CFR Part 37. The NRC is hosting a public meeting on September 20th at NRC Headquarters in Rockville, MD. This meeting also provides an opportunity for you to comment to the NRC on Part 37. This is posted on the NRCï¿½s website
January 7, 2010: On December 18, 2009 the NRC issued a press release (NRC Safety Culture Press Release) relating to a draft policy on "safety culture". The Federal Register, Vol. 74, No. 214 dated November 6, 2009 (found at: NRC-2009-0482) included the NRC draft policy statement. This federal register notice began a 90 day public comment period. The NRC will also be hosting public workshops in February, April and October. The information was published in the Federal Register, Vol. 74, No. 239 dated December 15, 2009 (found at: NRC-2009-0485). If you are interested in participating, contact the NRC. More information can be found at the NRC's safety culture webpage (NRC Safety Culture Page).
August 26, 2009 IC/Fingerprinting Update: On August 6, 2009 a revision to 12VAC5-481-451, "Increased Controls and Fingerprinting" became effective. The revision included a requirement to also notify the NRC for any theft, sabotage or diversion; also notify the NRC when a shipment becomes lost; corrects the address to send fingerprints to; and to also notify the NRC when a fingerprinted individual is on the FBI's Terrorist Screening Database. A link to the amended section is: 12VAC5-481-451
August 21, 2009 Licensing Update : Sorry for the length in time since the last update but as you can imagine we are a little busy. The staff has been working an amending licenses and issuing the new Virginia license. For those licensees who possessed a Virginia NARM medical license and an NRC medical license prior to the Agreement date of March 31, 2009, the NARM license is no longer needed. The isotopes identified in the NARM license are now covered by your NRC license, we will no longer be asking you to renew the NARM license. I have spoken with the nuclear pharmacies and explained this to them. We will issue you a new Virginia radioactive materials license during your next amendment, renewal or through administrative actions on our part. I plan on issuing new licenses to those licensees who possessed a medical NARM license no later than March of 2010.
August 21, 2009 Fee Schedule Update: As most of you know there has been some confusion with regards