OSRP recovers excess and unwanted radioactive sealed sources as part of NNSA's Global Threat Reduction Initiative.
The Off-Site Source Recovery Project (OSRP) is a U.S. Government activity sponsored by the National Nuclear Security Administration's (NNSA) Office of Global Threat Reduction and is managed at Los Alamos National Laboratory through the Nuclear Engineering & Nonproliferation Division.
OSRP has an NNSA sponsored mission to remove excess, unwanted, abandoned, or orphan radioactive sealed sources that pose a potential risk to health, safety, and national security.
The initial scope of the Project included any sealed sources comprising Greater than Class C (GTCC) low-level radioactive waste. However, since September 11, 2001, the mission expanded from environmental concerns to address broader public safety and national security requirements. As a result, OSRP moved from the Department of Energy's (DOE) Office of Environmental Management, to NNSA in 2003.
In addition to transuranic sources, the expanded OSRP mission now includes recovery of beta/gamma emitting sources, which are of concern to both the U.S. government and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).
In total, OSRP has been able to recover more than 32,900 sources from more than 1100 sites (including all 50 states, D.C., Puerto Rico and several foreign countries). These recoveries have resulted in more than 986,000 Curies of radioactive material being removed and secured.
Entities having unwanted radioactive sealed sources should register them with OSRP. For registration information, questions, and comments, send e-mail messages to OSRP Group or call toll-free 877-676-1749.
[Note: Registration does not imply nor guarantee that the project can assist with removal/disposition of all radioactive material. Information provided on this website including hyperlinks, and email traffic of OSRP staff is not to be construed as an endorsement of any private or commercial entity.]