The Arizona Radiation Regulatory Agency (ARRA), known as the Arizona Atomic Energy Commission until 1980, originated in 1964. Aubrey V. Godwin, appointed by the Governor, is ARRA's current Director. ARRA is responsible for the conduct of a statewide radiological health and safety program and for the enforcement of State rules and regulations for the control of ionizing and non-ionizing radiation. ARRA is comprised of six program areas.
RAM - Radioactive Materials is responsible for licensing and inspecting medical, industrial and academic users of radioactive materials.
XRAY - XRay Compliance registers and inspects x-ray producing machines throughout the State.
NIR - Non-Ionizing Radiation Compliance registers and inspects non-ionizing devices, such as class 3b and class 4 lasers, tanning beds, radiofrequency devices, commercial microwave ovens, and High Intensity Mercury Vapor Discharge Lamps throughout the State. NIR is also responsible for licensing laser technicians for cosmetic procedures to ensure all safety and training requirements have been met.
RML - The Radiation Measurements Laboratory maintains surveillance over radiation levels in the vicinity of the Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station as well as other areas within the State. RML activities also include public information and technical guidance in assessing radon in Arizona.
ER - Emergency Response involves the preparation for and response to radiation accidents statewide and includes the offsite technical response to any incident that occurs at the PVNGS. The ER program also provides training for police, fire and medical personnel.
MRTBE - The Medical Radiologic Technology Board of Examiners licenses and investigates professionals to practice various specialties of medical imaging and therapy using ionizing radiation. The Board also accepts complaints against licensees, investigates allegations and administratively adjudicates complaints. The Board currently licenses over 8,000 technologists.