Currently, there are over 150 permits issued to individual University faculty and staff that authorize use of radioactive materials in certain research and medical protocols under the University's licenses. And under these permits, there are nearly 1,500 more University staff and students authorized to handle radioactive materials.
The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) and the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) have issued licenses to the University of Minnesota for the use of radioactive materials in research, teaching and medical applications. All personnel who wish to use radioactive materials in any University facility must work under an existing permit or submit an application for a permit which will be reviewed by the appropriate University committee. In most cases, the applications to use radioactive material can be reviewed and approved internally without the need to receive additional authorization by the MDH or the NRC.
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