2023-24 CRCPD/SCATR Source Collection and Disposal Opportunity 

The CRCPD, under an agreement with the DOE, is pleased to be able to provide an opportunity for qualifying facilities to take advantage of this program.  The program provides a hassle-free approach to disposing of any unwanted sealed sources and an incentive for disposing of the sources now.

What is SCATR?

The SCATR Program is an initiative to reduce the number of unused radioactive sealed sources stored by licensees.  CRCPD is working with the Los Alamos National Lab (LANL) and the Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration to expedite the disposal of sealed sources of radiation that malicious individuals could use to terrorize or disrupt the U.S.

The Department of Energy recognizes that the availability of disposal for such sources is limited and expensive and has initiated this opportunity for licensees to have financial assistance in the proper disposal of these sources. 

The Source Collection and Threat Reduction (SCATR) Program is:

  • A project of the Conference of Radiation Control Program Directors, Inc. (CRCPD), in cooperation with the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, individual state, and local radiation control programs;
  • Supported by the U.S. Department of Energy National Nuclear Security Agency;
  • To provide funds for the disposal of unwanted radioactive sealed sources;
  • A supplement to other Federal and national programs that offer assistance with the disposal of unwanted sealed sources.

 A material is eligible for SCATR Program if it is:

  • No longer wanted by the owner;
  • Discrete radioactive material (sealed sources or vials but not scaled pipe), whether naturally occurring, accelerator or reactor produced;
  • Under either general or specific license, by either a State or the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission;
  • Not eligible for assistance by another Federal or national program;
  • greater than 120 day half-life;
  • registered at http://osrp.lanl.gov/crcpdscatr.shtml;  
  • Included in a SCATR collection under the auspices of the CRCPD; and,
  • Acceptable for disposal at a commercial LLRW disposal facility.(Larger quantities of these materials are dealt with by the DOE Off-Site Source Recovery Program and should be registered at http://osrp.lanl.gov),

 To implement a SCATR project the organizers must, assisted by the SCATR staff:

  • Identify and quantify unwanted radionuclides; 
  • Establish a facility in which to collect the materials;
  • Obtain commitment of SCATR funds;
  • Contract for the inspection, packaging, transportation and disposition of the materials;
  • Arrange transportation of materials to the collection point;
  • Perform the collection and disposition;
  • File the reports of transfer with the licensing agencies;
  • Request payment for contracted services; report what was done and lessons learned for subsequent projects.

CRCPD needs sponsors for collection and disposal from state, radiation, control programs.

CRCPD prioritizes collection schedules and funding based on the most efficient use of program funds.  Reimbursement for disposition of unwanted radioactive sources will be through agreements with States or other organizers.

Explanation for Prospective Participants in Collection

If your state or organization is interested in assisting in the collection, please contact Mike Snee, <msnee@crcpd.org> at CRCPD.