Public Health Preparedness: Examination of Legal Language Authorizing Responses to Incidents Involving Contamination with Radioactive Material [open pdf - 637KB]
From the Background: "Over the past several decades, state and local health departments throughout the United States have developed plans and procedures to better respond to and recover from releases of radioactive material. The legal patchwork of statutes and regulations that support public health response and recovery strategies and procedures in such incidents has, however, been largely unexamined. In 2012, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) developed the radiation legal preparedness (RLP) project to examine state and local legal authorities related to the response to and recovery from incidents in which members of the public become contaminated or potentially contaminated with radioactive material."
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: http://www.cdc.gov/