Radiation & Right-To-Know

Duties

The Kansas Radiation Control Program was authorized by statute to protect public health and safety-related uses of radiation (K.S.A. 48-1601). The regulations for radiation protection were developed and implemented to meet federal requirements for use of radiation (K.A.R. 28-35-133 through K.A.R. 28-35-608).

The program focus areas in the radiation control program include:

  • Environmental staff collect samples around the nuclear power plant and other areas in Kansas to monitor the environment for radiation
  • Radiological emergency preparedness staff help to prepare for emergencies involving radiation
  • Radon staff work with radon contractors and the public to reduce the indoor levels of the radioactive and cancer-causing gas
  • Radioactive materials and licensing staff work with people who use radioactive materials at their place of business
  • Right-to-Know staff compile and track information about hazardous chemicals used and released in the state
  • X-ray staff work with people who use radiation that is machine-generated such as medical and industrial x-ray equipment

Mission Statement

Our mission is to protect the well-being of Kansans and the environment from the harmful effects of man-made and natural radiation. Through competent and efficient utilization of our services and enforcement, we strive to minimize unnecessary radiation exposure. We advance our mission by dedicating these efforts to our valued and respected Kansans.

Contacting the Radiation Control Program During the COVID-19 Situation

Email

The KDHE Radiation Control Program section emails are being checked daily Monday through Friday and will be answered as quickly as possible. Email is preferred will ensure that you get the quickest answer to your questions or concerns. Email the following groups:

Phone

The main phone number for the Radiation Control Program is (785) 296-1560. Please leave a voice mail that includes your number, name, and the topic you want information regarding and we will respond to your message as soon we can. 

Mail

If you have no access to email, you are welcome to contact the Radiation Control Program by mail. Keep in mind, mail may not be picked up daily and a reply to mail will take longer than an email . 

Our mailing address is:
KDHE
Radiation Control Program

1000 SW Jackson
Suite 330
Topeka, KS 66612