Radiological Health Year 2000 in Review. Legislation 2000 General Assembly. HB1487 Mammography-inspections HB1488 Mammography- film HJR 403- On the death of William T. Ham, Jr SB 679- Health professions; pharmacy. HB 2655 (1999) No appropriation for NRC Agreement State startup funds.
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Inspection of facilities where mammography services are performed. Requires the Board of Health to make scheduled and unannounced inspections of facilities and physicians' offices that perform mammography services to ensure compliance with the laws, regulations or conditions specified by the Board. The Board currently inspects X-ray machines on a regular basis and has the general power to enter any property housing an entity which is permitted, licensed or certified by the Board.
Requires the Board of Health to establish guidelines to require that licensed facilities or physicians' offices that perform mammography services to the patient, prior to departure, to develop the film to ensure the quality and integrity of the film.
Defines radiopharmaceutical as "any drug that exhibits spontaneous disintegration of unstable nuclei with the emission of nuclear particles or photons" (with certain exceptions) and establishes precise requirements for dispensing radiopharmaceuticals in terms of the containers, the prescription data, and physician and patient specifications. Also defines a nuclear medicine technologist and provides a definition for scope of duties under a qualified nuclear pharmacist.
No appropriation for NRC Agreement State startup funds.
SB 838 Health; radon proficiency listings.
Authorizes the Board of Health to list and accept as proficient, to offer screening, testing or mitigation for radon, persons acceptable to the United States Environmental Protection Agency, the National Radon Measurement Proficiency Program of the National Environmental Health Association or the National Radon Safety Board Certified Radon Professional Program or any other proficiency program acceptable to the Board. This bill revises and updates acceptable radon proficiency credentials. Current law only provides for proficiency listing by the Environmental Protection Agency. The EPA has, however, discontinued the National Radon Proficiency Program and has not designated a successor program.
Total Licenses 209
New Licenses 14
Terminated Licenses 10
Lost or Stolen Sources 1
Reciprocity Requests 13
Close out Reviews 9
Bone density 271
Grand Total 15,186
EPA issues new radionuclide standards in drinking water December, 2000. New rule modifies standard for Uranium currently no limit, now 30 micro grams/liter, and now separate measurements for Ra-226 and Ra-228. Expect separate standard for Ra-224 in next rule making.
Radiological Health staff concludes DCLS apparently swapped environmental samples after control site was reported to have significant radiological levels, and the settling pond was later to have significantly lower than normal levels.
Radiological Health staff observes the environmental collections at the two shipyards, Newport News, and the Navy.
Monitor at two Power Stations, BWXT- no environmental releases detected
Staff received about 24 citizen inquiries in the past year and half regarding tanning beds. There were two complaints of customer injury, which were referred to the FDA for follow up. There was also a parent's complaint that his 15 yr. old daughter was able to tan at a tanning facility without his permission. The rest were from tanning bed operators asking about the regulation of tanning facilities. The main concerns with respect to the tanning machines are: malfunctions of the timers, and replacement of the tanning lamps with improper lamps that do not match the machine's timer.
Citizen concern regarding radio-frequency emissions and possible association with brain tumors. The British government recently issued guidance that recommends the restriction children's use of use cellular telephones. Soon afterwards there were two scientific reports that concluded there were no positive correlation between cell phone use and brain