The Low-level Radioactive Waste Policy Act Law and Legal Definition

The Low-level Radioactive Waste Policy Act (Act) is a federal legislation permitting federal states to develop methods to dispose waste. The Act was created in 1980 and is codified in 42 USCS § 2021b. The Act gives leverage to these federal states to use their discretion to develop adequate waste management techniques. The Act grants discretion to states to also decide if such methods should consist of establishing a site within their own territory or joining an interstate compact.

The Act provides a series of penalties for states that failed to attain a set level of progress in their development of waste disposal methods. The Act also applies to low-level radioactive waste produced by the federal government, making agencies under federal authority responsible for the disposal of their own waste.