83R11160 JGH-D
  By: Bonnen of Brazoria H.C.R. No. 81
         WHEREAS, Fifty years ago this year, the State of Texas
  entered into an agreement with the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission to
  assume regulatory and licensing authority over certain radioactive
  materials in the Lone Star State; and
         WHEREAS, On January 10, 1963, Governor Price Daniel agreed to
  have Texas take responsibility for the oversight of radioactive
  materials in the state, with the exception of special nuclear
  material in excess of a critical mass and radioactive material that
  was used by federal agencies; the agreement went into effect on
  March 1, 1963, making Texas the fifth state to become an "agreement
  state" under Section 274 of the Atomic Energy Act of 1954; and
         WHEREAS, This historic pact remains in effect with the AEC's
  successor agency, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission; in addition to
  the functions outlined in the original agreement, Texas is one of
  only three agreement states with regulatory authority over uranium
  recovery and the disposal of low-level radioactive waste; the Texas
  Commission on Environmental Quality regulates uranium, disposal of
  low-level radioactive waste, and non-oil and gas naturally
  occurring radioactive material waste; and
         WHEREAS, The Texas Department of State Health Services
  regulates the 1,700 other radioactive material licensees, as well
  as 20,000 x-ray and laser medical facilities, including those that
  perform mammography; Texas was the first state, in fact, to enact
  laser regulations; DSHS is also the lead agency for emergency
  response planning in regard to nuclear accidents and other
  emergencies involving radiation; and
         WHEREAS, Uranium and other radioactive products are
  essential to research, industry, and medicine in the 21st century,
  and for 50 years, the State of Texas has capably and safely
  regulated the use of these invaluable materials; now, therefore, be
         RESOLVED, That the 83rd Legislature of the State of Texas
  hereby commemorate the 50th anniversary of the agreement between
  the State of Texas and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and pay
  tribute to those state agencies and their employees responsible for
  this agreement's implementation.