Program Authorization: R.S. 30:2101
The mission of the Radiation Protection Program is to ensure the public and occupational safety and welfare of the people and environmental resources of Louisiana by minimizing the risk and maximizing the benefits of using sources of radiation. The Radiation Protection Program maintains a comprehensive radiation regulatory program that will protect the public and occupational safety of the citizens and protect the environment of the State of Louisiana from the harmful effects of radiation, while maximizing the benefits of radiation processes. The Division coordinates state off-site activities related to nuclear power plants, high and low-level radioactive waste management, decommissioning of nuclear facilities, transportation of radioactive material, environmental assessment of radiation emissions, naturally-occurring radioactive materials (NORM) and emergency preparedness for response to radiation accidents of all descriptions. The Division strives to minimize the risks and maximize the benefits of radiation activities through strict requirements and guidelines for the use of radioactive materials or radiation producing machines, and application of comprehensive inspection and enforcement measures designed to assure compliance. Louisiana has more than 8,000 x-ray units at 3,200 facilities, over 500 radioactive material licenses, thousands of NORM sites throughout the state, and two nuclear power plants within Louisiana and one on its eastern border. The goal of the Radiation Program is to ensure that operations involving the use of radioactive material and radiation-producing machines are conducted in the safest possible manner.
The Radiation Protection Program includes the following activities: Radiation Protection, Radioactive Materials and Equipment, Nuclear Power Plants Emergency Planning and Response.
OBJECTIVES AND PERFORMANCE INDICATORS
1. The Department of Environmental Quality and the Office of Planning and Budget do not agree upon a mutually acceptable objective for this performance information.
RESOURCE ALLOCATION FOR THE PROGRAM
SOURCE OF FUNDING
This program is funded with Fees and Self-Generated Revenues, Statutory Dedications, and Federal Funds. Fees and Self-Generated Revenues are derived from the sale of regulations, manifest forms, photocopies, etc. Statutory Dedications are from the Environmental Trust Fund (ETF). (Per R.S. 39:32B. (8), see table below for a listing of expenditures out of each statutory dedicated fund.) The ETF consist of all fees assessed pursuant to the authority granted in R.S. 30:2014, R.S.39:55.2 and any other provisions of law authorizing the department to assess a fee. Such fees are used only for the purposes for which they are assessed. Federal Funds are from the Federal U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission Cooperative Agreement number NRC 31-83-669.
ANALYSIS OF RECOMMENDATION
The total means of financing for this program is recommended at 102.7% of the existing operating budget. It represents 97.1% of the total request ($2,504,457) for this program. The increase is primarily due to acquisitions and major repairs, funding provided for incumbent adjustments and automatic upgrades, annualization of 1997-1998 merit pay, funding provided for 1998-1999 merit increases, and funding provided for training of emergency response personnel. This program does not have any positions that have been vacant for 1 year or more.
ACQUISITIONS AND MAJOR REPAIRS
13 DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY
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