Radioactive Material Waste Disposal

Effective: Moved to Policy Library from UPM 12.12(30)
Reviewed and Updated: March 2021
Contact: Environmental Health and Safety (EH&S)


Radioactive waste is any unwanted radiation producing device or unwanted radioactive material including chemicals, naturally occurring radioactive materials, contaminated items, and equipment containing embedded radioactive sources. The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH), by agreement with the Nuclear Regulatory Agency (NRC), regulates the disposal of radioactive waste in Iowa.

The Radiation Safety Committee (RSC) is responsible for ensuring that radioactive materials and radiation producing devices are disposed of properly. The Department of Environmental Health and Safety (EH&S) manages the radioactive waste with guidance from the RSC. EH&S collects, manages, and disposes of all radioactive waste generated at Iowa State University.

Policy Statement

University personnel shall adhere to the requirements of  ISU's Waste and Recycling Guidelines and Radioactive Materials Safety Manual for the disposal of radioactive material waste.