2001 Annual Report
Jersey Low-Level Radioactive Waste Disposal Facility Siting
P.O. Box 415
Trenton, New Jersey
Jersey Low-Level Radioactive Waste Disposal Facility Siting
PO Box 415
Trenton, New Jersey 08625-0415
Ewing, New Jersey
E. Wyszkowski, P.E.
The Honorable James E. McGreevey,
Members of the Senate
Members of the Assembly:
We are pleased to send you the
2001 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.
Since the Board has accomplished
its task of providing long-term disposal for LLRW generated
in New Jersey, the members are supportive of legislation
to dissolve the Board and transfer all remaining functions
to the Department of Environmental Protection. These activities
include development and dissemination of educational materials,
and annual survey of LLRW generated in New Jersey, and
monitoring disposal alternatives in the nation.
As part of our commitment to public
education, we presented two radiation workshops this year
entitled, "I'm Radioactive, Are You?" to 27
middle school science teachers. The effort was well received
and we have scheduled two additional workshops for summer
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
We welcome your comments and suggestions.
Paul E. Wyszkowski, P.E.
Board has continued to work with and monitor the activities
of the Atlantic Interstate Low Level Radioactive Waste Management
Compact (consisting of representation from New Jersey, Connecticut
and South Carolina). Since the formation of this compact,
the generators of low-level radioactive waste (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 Board
has also worked 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. Bill A4031 was introduced
to the New Jersey State Legislature on December 13, 2001.
Required LLRW activities will be transferred to the NJDEP
when and if this proposed amendment is passed.
Siting Board held eight public meetings in the year 2001.
The September 6, 2001 meeting included representation from
a number of generators of LLRW in New Jersey, the Atlantic
Compact and the South Carolina Budget and Control Board.
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 Atlantic Compact. The FY-02 budget was adopted on March
workshops on the uses of radioactive materials, "I'm
Radioactive, Are You?" were presented to 27 middle school
science teachers in July in Bordentown, NJ and Montclair,
NJ. NJDEP staff worked with three handpicked science teachers
to facilitate the 3½ days of theory, games, demonstrations,
discussions, films and handouts. NJDEP staff made presentations
on the uses and safety considerations of radioactive material
and radioactivity and participated in group discussions. Tours
of the Wyeth-Ayerst and Hoffman La Roche research facilities,
which use radioactive materials, were also included.
staff provided consultation on Siting Board issues at the
New Jersey Science Teachers Association annual convention.
$2 million of the fees assessed and collected from generators
of LLRW in New Jersey were returned to the generators in the
same proportion as each contributed to the Disposal Fund.
173 checks were sent to facilities that paid assessments.
Board supports the efforts of the Legislature to dissolve
the Board and transfer all necessary activities to the New
Jersey Department of Environmental Protection.
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.
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.
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
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 in Science.
New Jersey Low Level Radioactive
Waste Disposal Fund
for Fiscal Year 2001
(July 1, 2000 June 30, 2001)
Board Office Administration & Equipment
Outreach, Exhibits & Conferences
Professional Services, Office of the Attorney General
Professional Services, Teacher Workshop
The members of the New
Jersey Low-Level Radioactive Waste
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 Bradley Campbell
- Michael F. Lakat, New Jersey Department
of Health & Senior Services, representing Commissioner
Clifton R. Lacy, M.D.
- Bonnie Magnuson, League of Women
- Richard J. McGoey, Enercon Services,
Inc, representing GPU Nuclear
- Robert P. McKeever, Global Power
Systems, Inc., resigned
- 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, resigned
- Joseph Stencel, Ph.D., Rutgers University,
Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering
members of the Waste Advisory Committee
- Richard K. Olsson, Ph.D., Rutgers
University, Emeritus Professor of Geology
- James Clancy, Public Service Electric
- 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 Squibb
- Lauren H. Moore, Atlantic County
- Herbert W. Roeschke, Cumberland/Salem
Department of Health
- John M. Simon, Esq., Wolff &
Public Meetings of the Siting Board
In 2002 the
Siting Board will meet starting at 9:30 a.m. at NJDEP
offices on the following dates:
June 6, 2002
September 5, 2002
December 5, 2002
meeting will be at 25 Arctic Parkway, Ewing, NJ, the remainder
will be at 401 E. State Street, Trenton, NJ. The September
and December meetings will be cancelled if the proposed
legislation discussed above becomes effective before the
meeting date. Please consult our web page http://www.state.nj.us/llrwsb
or call us at 609-777-4247 for any updates to this schedule.