Proposed TENORM Guidelines

The Radiological Protection Section is updating EQC-1602 following the passage of P.A. 688 of 2018. P.A. 688 codifies in law the concentrations of Technologically Enhanced Naturally Occurring Radioactive Material (TENORM) acceptable for disposal in Michigan's Type I and Type II landfills. As a result of its passage, some provisions of EQC-1602 needed to be changed to be consistent with the law.

Included in the changes will be the title, since the law includes limits on the landfill disposal of radium-226, radium-228, and lead-210. The title will change from "Cleanup and Disposal Guidelines for Sites Contaminated with Radium-226" to "Guidelines for Cleanup and Disposal of Sites Contaminated with TENORM" to reflect the inclusion of the additional two radionuclides. Copies of the proposed guidelines are available for public comment may be viewed and downloaded at the following link.


Guidelines for Cleanup and Disposal of Sites Contaminated with TENORM, EQC-1602


DEADLINE FOR PUBLIC COMMENTS REGARDING PROPOSED GUIDELINES FOR THE CLEANUP AND DISPOSAL OF SITES CONTAMINATED WITH TENORM.  The proposed guidelines address the remediation of technically enhanced naturally occurring radioactive materials (TENORM), addressing both the release of facilities, equipment, or land for unrestricted use and options for disposal of the TENORM contaminated material.  Written comments on the proposed guidelines are to be submitted to T.R. Wentworth,  Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy, Materials Management Division, Radiological Protection Section, P.O. Box 30241, Lansing, Michigan, 48909, or via email to by July 22, 2019.  The decision-maker for the guidelines is Mike Neller, Supervisor, Radiological Protection Section.  Information Contact:  T.R. Wentworth, Materials Management Division, wentwortht@michigan.gove or 517-915-8881.