Radioactive contamination web page launched

The US Department of Energy and the Interstate Oil & Gas Compact Commission have established an internet page to help oil and gas field operators manage naturally occurring radioactive materials (NORM). The NORM Technology Connection website provides data on NORM regulations, including a directory of state regulatory agencies and rules. It also has a discussion forum.


Washington, DC�The US Department of Energy and the Interstate Oil & Gas Compact Commission have established an internet page to help oil and gas field operators manage naturally occurring radioactive materials (NORM).

NORM is produced as oil and gas carry small quantities of radium to the surface. Over time, the isotopes radium 226 and, to a lesser extent, radium 228 can concentrate in pipe scale and oil sludge, contaminating soils and equipment.

DOE said, "The presence of NORM in concentrations that exceed natural background levels may present a potential human health risk. As a result, managing and disposing of NORM-bearing wastes has become a significant issue for some oil and gas operators."

The NORM Technology Connection website provides data on NORM regulations, including a directory of state regulatory agencies and rules. It also has a discussion forum.

It includes a database on service companies that provide site characterization and remediation support, sample collection and analysis, equipment cleaning and reconditioning, radiation safety program development, radiation safety and training, NORM waste treatment and disposal, and general consulting.

The web address of the new site is http://www.iogcc.state.ok.us/NORM.

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