Radiological Protection

  • Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy's Radiological Protection programs monitor environmental radioactive material sources to assure protection of the public from unnecessary exposure to ionizing radiation. These duties are carried out by four separate programs that include Radioactive Materials, Michigan Indoor Radon, Environmental Monitoring & Reporting, and Radiological Emergency Preparedness.

The Michigan Indoor Radon Program is a non-regulatory program. It's purpose is to increase awareness of the health risk associated with exposure to elevated indoor radon levels, to encourage testing for radon, and to also encourage citizens to take action to reduce their exposure once elevated radon levels are found.
Act 204 of 1987 created the Low-Level Radioactive Waste Authority to fulfill state responsibilities under federal law for managing and assuring disposal capacity for the low-level radioactive waste produced in Michigan.
The Radioactive Materials Program is responsible for the naturally occurring radioactive material found in the oil, gas, brine, chemical, and water treatment industries.
The Environmental Monitoring Program is responsible for the environmental monitoring network around each of Michigan's nuclear power plant sites. The program collects and performs radioanalyses of several types of samples, including direct radiation, air, surface water, precipitation, and milk from the environs of the nuclear plants.
The Radiological Emergency Preparedness Program provides response capabilities to radiological accidents or emergencies at any of Michigan's commercial nuclear power plants. The program is responsible for developing and implementing Michigan's Nuclear Facilities Emergency Management Plan and the radiological accident aspects of the Michigan Emergency Management Plan.