July 6, 2000

Dear Interested Party:

The Siting Board wishes to thank you for your support of our effort to assure for the appropriate disposal of low-level radioactive waste (LLRW) generated in New Jersey. Since our inception in August 1988, we have endeavored to keep you informed of our progress by way of the distribution of letters, annual reports, disposal plans, and technical reports. Many of the current editions are on our web page (http://www.state.nj.us/llrwsb). As you know, our siting progress has included:

Setting siting criteria in 1989;

Siting Board's first public outreach at a State convention in 1990;

Siting Board sponsored forums and workshops starting in 1991;

The first fee assessment to generators in 1992;

Adoption of the voluntary approach to siting in 1995;

Discussion with representatives of over a dozen townships from 1995 to 1998 about the possibility of volunteering to site a disposal facility; and

Suspension of the siting process in 1998.

The Siting Board is pleased to inform you that the Northeast Low-Level Radioactive Waste Compact has secured an approximately 50 year arrangement with the State of South Carolina for access to the LLRW disposal facility in Barnwell, South Carolina for LLRW generated in New Jersey and Connecticut. The arrangement includes the admittance of South Carolina to the Northeast Compact that will now be known as the Atlantic Compact.

This arrangement was secured without the use of taxpayer monies. Details of this arrangement can be found in the following documents, which are posted on our web page:

Northeast Interstate Low-Level Radioactive waste Compact Final Rule for Declaration of Party State Eligibility, May 15, 2000

April 28, 2000 letter from Jim Hodges, Governor of South Carolina, to Kevin McCarthy, Chairman of the Northeast Compact regarding a petition for declaration of South Carolina as eligible to join the Northeast Compact.

Atlantic Interstate Low-Level Radioactive Waste Compact Implementation Act signed by Governor Hodges on June 6, 2000.

The Siting Board will continue to meet to monitor the actions of the expanded compact and to continue its public outreach efforts to educate the public regarding the use of radioactive material and its resultant waste. Our next meeting is scheduled for September 7, 2000.

Thank you again for your support to secure appropriate disposal for low-level radioactive waste generated in New Jersey. If you have any questions, please consult our web page (http://www.state.nj.us/llrwsb), send us email, or contact the Siting Board offices at the NJ Department of Environmental Protection at 609-984-5636.

 

Sincerely,
Paul Wyszkowski, P.E.
Chairman

 


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