The Radiological Health Program works to protect the public and the environment from unnecessary exposure to radiation and radioactive substances. Staff inspect x-ray instruments, provide licenses to x-ray facilities, manage the statewide radiological environmental surveillance program, and coordinate radiological environmental tests by the Health Department Laboratory.
Radiological health staff have been active participants in the decommissioning of Vermont Yankee, Vermont’s nuclear power plant. Staff work with state emergency preparedness teams to develop and test safety protocols related to Vermont Yankee.
Radiological health staff are also equipped and trained to protect public health in other radiological and nuclear emergencies, and to support other State agencies engaged operationally. Prevention starts with using the State’s Preventive Radiological Nuclear Detection Program which prepares law enforcement and the Vermont Hazardous Materials Response Team (VHMRT) to identify and ban illegal or improper uses of radioactive materials. It follows with training and equipping the VHMRT with tools and skills to respond to and minimize the consequences from radiological and nuclear incidents.
For radiological emergencies contact the VHMRT at 800-641-5005.