Atomic Energy and Nuclear Materials Program (Tennesse)

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Place Tennessee

Applies to States or Provinces Tennessee
Name Atomic Energy and Nuclear Materials Program (Tennessee)
Policy Category Other Policy
Policy Type Environmental Regulations, Siting and Permitting
Affected Technologies Nuclear
Active Policy Yes

Implementing Sector State/Province

Program Administrator Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation
Primary Website
Applicable Jurisdiction Statewide

Last Review 2014-09-15

Information Source


The Atomic Energy and Nuclear Materials section of the Tennessee Code covers all of the regulations, licenses, permits, siting requirements, and practices relevant to a nuclear energy development. In addition to the Tennessee Code the Department of Environment and Conservation has a rule pertaining to the licensing and registration of sources of radiation. The Department's rules state that any contractor or subcontractor of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) or the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission is exempt from the Department's rules to the extent that such contractor or subcontractor under his contract receives, possesses, uses and transfers or acquires sources of radiation. Thus, due to the DOE's heavy involvement in the licensing, permitting and compliance of nuclear power plants, any project being considered is most likely to be exempt from the Department’s rule. The licenses required are pursuant to the Atomic Energy Act of 1954 compiled at (42 U.S.C. § 2011).

Every person receiving ownership or possession of one (1) or more radiation machines shall register with the radiological health service within ten (10) days of such receipt on forms to be provided for this purpose.

Any change in ownership, location, or use of any radiation machine, or any extension, modification, alteration or termination of such machine for any person required to register under this part, constitutes a revocation of such existing registration. Such person will then be required to register with the radiological health service.

These rules and regulations give the Director of the Department he power to change any of the rules if necessary. It also requires that all forms submitted to the DOE or Nuclear Regulatory Commission be submitted to the Department as well.

Policy Contact

Contact Name Debra Shults
Department Tennessee Department Of Environment and Conservation
Division Radiological Health

Phone 615-523-0364



Authorities (Please contact the if there are any file problems.)

Authority 1: Tenn. Code 68-202
Date Effective 2012-05-01

Authority 2: Rule of the Department of Environment and Conservation #0400-20-10
Date Effective 2012-05-01