Frequent Questions

How does EPA protect people from radiation?

EPA carries out its radiation protection program responsibilities with several key and complementary activities:

  • Setting protective limits on radioactive emissions and associated risks to public health and the environment.
  • Assessing radiation risk.
  • Responding to emergencies involving radioactive materials
  • Providing information and inviting participation in radiation exposure protection programs.
  • Working cooperatively with industry, the states, other federal agencies, and national and international organizations that have radiation protection responsibilities.

Learn more about EPA’s role in radiation protection

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