The mission of the AERB is to ensure the use of ionising radiation and nuclear energy in India does not cause undue risk to the health of people and the environment.


The Central Government has appointed Chairman, ATOMIC ENERGY REGULATORY BOARD (AERB) as the 'Competent Authority' to exercise the powers conferred on the Competent Authority in the following rules:


  • Hazardous wastes (Management and Handling) Rules, 1989 state that these rules will not apply to radioactive wastes (Rule 2 (e)). The radioactive wastes are covered under the provisions of Atomic Energy Act and rules made there under.
  • Rules 2(b) and 3 of Manufacture, Storage and Import of Hazardous Chemical Rules (1989) under the Environmental Protection Act, 1986 has notified AERB as the authority to enforce directions and procedures as per Atomic Energy Act with respect to radioactive substances.

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