Persons who possess a general license device are required to (1) register your general license device(s), and (2) pay an annual fee, which is adjusted each January in accordance with the Consumer Price Index.
Since the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) along with the NRC Agreement States have determined that there is a need for greater accountability of all radioactive material sealed sources. A generally licensed item usually contains radioactive material within a shielded device such as a gas chromatograph, or portable or fixed gauge. Such devices are designed with inherent radiation safety features so that persons with little or no radiation safety training or experience can use them. It has been shown that mishandling and improper disposal of generally licensed devices have in some cases led to expensive investigations and cleanups. Maryland has implemented, by regulation, a requirement to register certain generally licensed radioactive material devices. The registration of this radioactive material greatly improves the accountability of these devices in Maryland.
For further information on the need to improve security of general license devices, see NUCLEAR SECURITY - Federal and State Action Needed to Improve Security of Sealed Radioactive Sources.
General license devices requiring registration, in accordance with COMAR 26.12.01.01, Regulations for the Control of Ionizing Radiation (1994), Section C.22, include:
Effective October 1, 2013, general licensees with sealed devices containing certain isotopes in quantities equal to or greater than the amounts listed below must obtain a specific Maryland Radioactive Materials License in accordance with Section C.26(c):
If you have questions about whether the device you possess is a general license device, how to fill out the Registration Form, what to do if you no longer possess a general license device, or if you require any other assistance, please call Mr. Jim Lewis at (410) 537-3300 or e-mail Mr. Lewis at Jim.Lewis@maryland.gov.
1800 Washington Boulevard, Baltimore, MD 21230