2000 Annual Report
New Jersey Low-Level
Radioactive Waste Disposal Facility Siting Board
P.O. Box 415
Trenton, New Jersey
Low-Level Radioactive Waste Disposal Facility Siting Board
- Street Address
E. Wyszkowski, P.E.
- The Honorable Donald T.
DiFrancesco, Acting Governor
- Members of the Senate
- Members of the Assembly:
We are pleased to send you
the 2000 Annual Report of the New Jersey Low-Level Radioactive
Waste Disposal Facility Siting Board.
As of July 1, 2000, the State
of South Carolina joined the Northeast Compact, now known
as the Atlantic Compact. This agreement provides both
New Jersey and Connecticut with a long-term low-level
radioactive waste (LLRW) disposal commitment for access
to the disposal facility in Barnwell, South Carolina.
The Board is committed to
continue to provide educational materials regarding low-level
radioactive waste to the public and to monitor the disposal
alternatives in the nation for the purpose of determining
the future need for a disposal facility in New Jersey.
As part of our commitment
to public education, we presented a radiation workshop
this year entitled, "I'm Radioactive, Are You?"
to 15 middle school science teachers. The effort was well
received and we have scheduled two additional workshops
for summer 2001.
In September, we completed
and distributed the New Jersey Low-Level Radioactive
Waste Disposal Plan, 2000 Update.
We will continue to work
with the New Jersey generators, the Atlantic Compact,
and the public to ensure safe, long-term disposal options
for low-level radioactive waste.
We welcome your comments
- Paul E. Wyszkowski, P.E.
- The Siting Board held 11 public
meetings in the year 2000.
- The Board prepared a budget
to reflect the resources needed for its continuing legislative
mandates. These include: monitoring the disposal alternatives
in the nation for the purpose of determining the future need
for a disposal facility in New Jersey, providing educational
materials regarding low-level radioactive waste to the public,
and supporting the activities of the Northeast Interstate
LLRW Management Compact Commission. The FY-01budget was adopted
on March 9, 2000.
- A group of Board members and
New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP)
staff worked with the Northeast Compact to admit the State
of South Carolina to our compact. Members of the Board held
a separate meeting with New Jersey generators of LLRW to discuss
pending South Carolina legislation and the Northeast Compact
rule for acceptance of a new state. The FY-00 Disposal Fund
budget was revised and approved after public comment to include
a one time $4.2 million transfer to the Northeast Compact
as New Jersey's partial payment to be used as an incentive
for South Carolina to join the compact. An additional $800,000
was transferred from New Jersey's share of rebate money from
the Department of Energy. As of July 1, 2000, South Carolina
joined the compact and the compact is now known as the Atlantic
Compact. The generators of LLRW in New Jersey and Connecticut
now have long-term access to the disposal facility in Barnwell,
South Carolina, and South Carolina is able to exclude waste
not generated in New Jersey, Connecticut or South Carolina.
- The Technical Subcommittee worked
with NJDEP staff in writing an update to the New Jersey
Low-Level Radioactive Waste Disposal Plan, 1996 Update.
After two public meetings to accept comments, the 2000
Update was approved by the Board in September. It was
distributed to New Jersey legislators, New Jersey municipalities,
New Jersey radiation safety officers, and interested parties.
- A workshop on the uses of radioactive
materials, "I'm Radioactive, Are You?" was presented
to 15 middle school science teachers in July in West Windsor.
NJDEP staff worked with four handpicked science teachers to
facilitate the 3p days of theory, games, demonstrations, discussions,
films and handouts. A tour of the Bristol-Myers Squibb research
facility using radioactive materials was also included. NJDEP
staff made presentations on the uses and safety considerations
of radioactive material and radioactivity and participated
in group discussions.
- NJDEP staff provided consultation
on Siting Board issues at the League of Municipalities annual
convention, and at the New Jersey Science Teachers Association
- The finance subcommittee determined
what surplus funds would be available for refunds to the generators,
assuming budgets for Board operations until June 2002. The
proposed FY-02 budget includes that $2 million of the fees
collected from generators of LLRW in New Jersey be returned
to the generators in the fall of 2001 in the same proportion
as each contributed to the fund.
- The Board will continue to interact
with and support the activities of the Atlantic Compact in
its role to ensure safe reliable disposal of LLRW produced
in this region.
- In addition, the Board will
continue to monitor the overall national developments in the
management of low-level radioactive waste and to keep New
Jersey generators aware of any new developments.
- The Board is working with the
New Jersey State Legislature to amend the New Jersey Siting
Act to terminate the Siting Board by June 30, 2002 since disposal
facility oversight is now the responsibility of South Carolina.
Required LLRW activities will be transferred to the NJDEP.
- The Board will continue to track
the management of LLRW in New Jersey, including annual projections
of the disposal volume from New Jersey generators. This will
be used by the Atlantic Compact to allocate sufficient disposal
volume for compact generators.
- The Board will seek to promote
greater public knowledge of the management of LLRW. Although
safe management technologies now exist for handling, storing,
and disposing of this waste, the general public has not reached
a level of understanding and confidence that this can be accomplished
in a manner that protects public health and safety. To partially
satisfy this goal, Board members and NJDEP staff will work
with select science teachers to develop and present summer
workshops. These workshops will assist middle school science
teachers in the delivery of grade-level appropriate factual
information about radiation and radioactive waste disposal
in support of the New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards
New Jersey Low
Level Radioactive Waste Disposal Fund
for Fiscal Year 2000 (July 1, 1999 June
Staff (Salaries, Fringe
Public Outreach, Exhibits
Services from State Departments, Office of the Attorney
of the New Jersey Low-Level
Waste Disposal Facility Siting Board
- Paul E. Wyszkowski, P.E., Chair,
Bell Laboratories, Lucent Technologies, retired manager
- Marlen Dooley, Esq. or Gerald
P. Nicholls, Ph.D., New Jersey Department of Environmental
Protection, representing Commissioner Robert C. Shinn, Jr.
- Michael F. Lakat, New Jersey
Department of Health & Senior Services, representing Commissioner
- Bonnie Magnuson, League of Women
- Richard J. McGoey, Enercon Services,
Inc, representing GPU Nuclear
- Robert P. McKeever, Global Power
- Leland Merrill, Ph.D., Former
Trustee, New Jersey Audubon Society
- James A. Shissias, Public Service
Electric & Gas
- Theodore J. Stahl, M.D., Clinical
Professor of Radiology and Medicine UMDNJ, Robert Wood Johnson
- K. David Steidley, Ph.D., St.
Barnabas Medical Center
- Joseph Stencel, Ph.D., Rutgers
University, Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering
of the Waste Advisory Committee
- Richard K. Olsson, Ph.D., Rutgers
University, Emeritus Professor of Geology
- James Clancy, Public Service
Electric & Gas
- Thomas M. Dempsey, P.E., Enercon
Services, Inc, representing GPU Nuclear
- William G. Dressel, Jr., New
Jersey State League of Municipalities
- Donald L. Fauerbach, New Jersey
Conference of Mayors
- Leslie G. London, Esq., McManimon
- William McGrath, Bristol-Myers
- Lauren H. Moore, Atlantic County
- Herbert W. Roeschke, Cumberland/Salem
Department of Health
- John M. Simon, Esq., Wolff &
Meetings of the Siting Board
In 2001 the
Siting Board will meet starting at 9:30 a.m. at the NJDEP
offices on 401 E. State Street, Trenton, NJ on the following
- March 8, 2001
- June 7, 2001
- September 6,
- December 6,
our web page http://www.state.nj.us/llrwsb or call us
at 609-777-4247 for any updates to this schedule.