A general term for a wide range of wastes having low levels of
radioactivity. Industries, hospitals and medical, educational, or research
institutions; private or government laboratories; and nuclear fuel cycle
facilities (e.g., nuclear power reactors and fuel fabrication plants) that use
radioactive materials generate low-level wastes as part of their normal
operations. These wastes are generated in many physical and chemical forms and
levels of contamination.
Low-level radioactive wastes containing source, special nuclear, or
byproduct material are acceptable for disposal in a land disposal facility.
For the purposes of this definition, low-level waste has the same meaning as
in the Low-level Waste Policy Act, that is, radioactive waste not classified
as high-level radioactive waste, transuranic waste, spent nuclear fuel, or
byproduct material as defined in section 11e.(2) of the Atomic Energy Act
(uranium or thorium tailings and waste). See also High-level waste and