The department shall:
(a) Administer this act and codes, rules or regulations promulgated by the commission;
(b) Provide the commission with the necessary personnel required to carry out its duties;
(c) Develop comprehensive policies and programs for the evaluation and determination of hazards associated with the use of radiation, and for their amelioration;
(d) Advise, consult, and cooperate with other agencies of the State, the Federal Government, other states and interstate agencies, and with affected groups, political subdivisions and industries;
(e) Accept and administer according to law loans, grants or other funds or gifts from the Federal Government and from other sources, public or private, for carrying out its functions under this act;
(f) Encourage, participate in or conduct studies, investigations, training, research and demonstrations relating to the control of radiation hazards, the measurement of radiation, the effects on health of exposure to radiation and related problems as it may deem necessary or advisable for the discharge of its duties under this act;
(g) Collect and disseminate health education information relating to radiation protection;
(h) Require registration of sources of radiation, and require records concerning sources of radiation to be kept in such manner as may be prescribed by codes, rules or regulations of the commission;
(i) Review plans and specifications on the design and shielding for radiation sources submitted pursuant to codes, rules or regulations of the commission for the purpose of determining possible radiation hazards;
(j) Enter and inspect any building or place for the purpose of investigating an actual or suspected source of radiation and ascertaining compliance with this act or any rule, regulation or order promulgated or issued pursuant thereto and inspect radiation sources, their shielding and immediate surroundings and records concerning their operation for the determination of any possible radiation hazard;
(k) Have power, to be exercised subject to codes, rules and regulations of the commission, to require, issue, renew, amend, suspend and revoke licenses for the construction, operation or maintenance of sources of radiation including byproduct materials, source materials and special nuclear materials in quantities not sufficient to form a critical mass. The codes, rules and regulations may provide for recognition of other State or Federal licenses, subject to the registration requirements prescribed by or under the authority of this act;
(l) Have the power in accordance with a fee schedule adopted as a rule or regulation in accordance with the "Administrative Procedure Act," , P.L.1968, c. 410 (C. 52-14B-1 et seq.), to establish and charge fees for any of the services it performs, which fees shall be annual or periodic as the department shall determine. The fees charged by the department pursuant to this section shall be based on criteria contained in the fee schedule. The criteria shall reflect the actual or projected expense incurred by the department in the performance of the service for which the fee is charged;
(m) Be empowered to issue orders for the implementation and enforcement of the provisions of this act or of any rule or regulation promulgated pursuant hereto.
L.1958, c. 116, p. 594, s. 9. Amended by L.1961, c. 124, p. 742, s. 1; L.1971, c. 155, s. 2, eff. June 1, 1971; L.1981, c. 296, s. 3, eff. Oct. 9, 1981.