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new Committee. Please forward the name(s) of your designated representative(s) to Dr. Donald S. Fredrickson, Director, National Institutes of Health, Building 1, Room 124, Bethesda, Maryland 20205, by March 14. (You have the option of designating more than one representative from your organization.) I am enclosing for your information the roster of the existing Committee (Tab C).

The President has charged this Interagency Committee with a series of most important responsibilities, many of which must be undertaken without delay. Dr. Fredrickson would like to schedule a meeting of the Interagency Radiation Research Committee in late March to consider the results of a National Conference developing a government-wide radiation strategy to be held on March 10 and 11. Thus, your prompt attention to this matter is essential.

The public policies that the Interagency Committee will address are fundamental to a strong national position on a number of pressing radiation questions. Active involvement of all departments and agencies with radiation missions is essential if we are to meet the President's expectations. Your support is critical to the success of the Committee.

Thank you for your cooperation.

Patricia Poberts Harris

3 Attachments:
Tab A - Signed President's Memorandum [See p.2]
Tab B - Draft Charter for the Committee [See final for IRRC, p.22]
Tab C - Roster of Existing Committee on Federal Research Into the Biological

Effects of Ionizing Radiation (FRIBEIR) [See p.ii for IRRC members;
p.641 for FRIBEIR committee members.]

Presidential Documents

Federal Register
Vol. 45, No. 38
Monday, February 25, 1980

Title 3—

Executive Order 12194 of February 21, 1980
Radiation Policy Council

The President

By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and statutes of
the United States of America, and in order to coordinate the development of
Federal radiation protection policy, it is hereby ordered as follows:
1-1. Establishment.
1-101. There is established the Radiation Policy Council.
1–102. The Council shall be composed of the heads of the following agencies
or their representatives and such others as the President may designate:
(a) The Department of Defense.
(b) The Department of Justice.
(c) The Department of Commerce.
(d) The Department of Labor.
(e) The Department of Health, Education, and Welfare.
(f) The Department of Housing and Urban Development.
(8) The Department of Transportation.
(h) The Department of Energy.
(i) The Veterans Administration.
6) The Environmental Protection Agency.
(k) The National Science Foundation.
(1) The Federal Emergency Management Agency.
(m) The Nuclear Regulatory Commission is invited to participate.
1–103. The head of each agency represented on the Council may designate an
official of the equivalent rank of Assistant Secretary or higher level to serve as
the agency's representative.
1–104. The Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, or any
agency representative designated by him, shall chair the Council.
1-2. Functions.
1-201. The Council shall coordinate the formulation and implementation of
Federal policy relating to radiation protection. In carrying out this function,
the Council shall:
(a) advise on the formulation of broad radiation protection policy:
(b) monitor implementation of Federal radiation protection policies by Federal
(c) assist in the resolution of conflicts in jurisdiction among Federal agencies
and recommend corrective legislation if needed;
(d) ensure effective liaison with the States and the Congress;
(e) serve as a forum for public participation and comment; and
() perform such other functions as the President may direct.

1-202. The Council shall keep the Director of the Office of Science and
Technology Policy, the Director of the Office of Management and Budget, and
the Council on Environmental Quality informed of the activities of the Council.
1-203. The Council shall prepare an annual report of its activities and transmit
the report to the President and the heads of the agencies represented on the
Council on or before September 30 of each year.
1-3. General Provisions.
1-301. The Environmental Protection Agency, to the extent permitted by law,
shall furnish administrative support, funds, staff, and other assistance to the
Council as necessary to carry out its functions.
1-302. Federal agencies, to the extent permitted by law, shall provide to the
Council that information and assistance which it requests in order to carry out
its functions.
1-303. The Council shall transmit its final annual report and terminate four
years after the date of this Order.

Finney Carter

February 21, 1980.

(FR Doc. 80-5911
Filed 2-21-80; 3:14 pm]
Billing code 3195_01-M

Radiation Policy
Washington, D.C.


Contact: David Smith

(202) 395-4931
Martha Casey
(202) 755-0344

FEBRUARY 21, 1980

President Carter' today established the Federal


Radiation Policy Council and appointed Environmental
Protection Agency Administrator Douglas M. Costle as

its first chairman.

Eleven other agencies or departments will be represented on the Council by someone at a senior policy level. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has been invited to serve on the Council as well. Other agencies will be invited to participate in discussions of interest to them and several offices in the Executive Office of the President will be invited to participate, as observers, in the Council's activities.

Attached is a statement by Administrator Costle on the activities of the new council.

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The Council consequently will involve all the Government agencies with major activities or responsibilities in the area of radiation protection and will offer for the first time a mechanism to coordinate

the formulation and implementation of Federal policy relating to radiation


It will also serve as a forum for public input on radiation

protection issues and ensure effective liaison with the Congress and

the States.

The need for a Council with broad functions of coordination and

review is widely recognized. The Senate Committee on Governmental Affairs, in a 1977 report, indicated the widely diffuse nature of the

Federal Government's activities in the area of radiation protection, and

more recently Senator Glenn has introduced a bill which would

create a Council mechanism for dealing with radiation policy issues.
A special Presidentially mandated interagency task force, comprised
of representatives of the Departments of Defense, Energy, Labor, Health,
Education and Welfare, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Nuclear

Regulatory Commission and the Veterans Administration and chaired

by Peter Libasst of HEW, strongly recommended the creation of a policy
level council. There also appears to be general agreement outside
the Government as to the need for a policy level body.

In addition to the broad charges given the Council in the Executive Order, the President has directed the Council to undertake certain specific


a review of the radiation guidance function held by the Environmental Protection Agency and all other statutory authorities

coordination of a program to reduce exposure to ionizing

a review of all actions affecting worker and public health
and safety submitted by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission

development of a program to improve communication with the public and secific groups

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