1996 Accomplishments

The Siting Board continued its two-track approach, using the voluntary siting process to locate a suitable site in a willing community while at the same time moving ahead to develop the plans for site characterization and facility design that will be needed wherever the disposal facility is located.
 

SITING

  • Public discussions were held in a half-dozen municipalities which explored the possibility of hosting New Jersey's disposal facility for low-level radioactive waste. Although the prospect of hosting the disposal facility raises controversy wherever it is discussed, some officials and residents in each of these six towns believe that the facility could be a safe and beneficial light industrial development for their area. The discussions ended in four of the twons - Springfield (Burlington County), Lower (Cape May), Fairfield and Commercial (Cumberland) - with votes by the governing body. In two other towns - Pennsville (Salem County) and Bethlehem (Hunterdon) - the Board determined that no suitable sites seemed to be available.

  •  Two forums for local officials, underwritten by the Fund for New Jersey and the SIting Board , were sponsored by the New Jersey League of Women Voters' Education Fund, the New Jersey State League of Municipalities, and Rutgers University. One focused on the issues surrounding low-level radioactive waste; the second addressed how a potentially interested community can begin an open public discussion of the issues, and provided attendees with tools to help ensure that all voices and opinions are heard during this discussion.

  • Statewide outreach continued, with talks, discussions, and presentations at a variety of forums. The Board's display was exhibited at major conferences, including those sponsored by the New Jersey Conference of Mayors, the New Jersey State League of Municipalities, and the Medical Society of New Jersey.

  • The Board began publishing a quarterly Update that is sent to municipalities across the state. The Board also published a series of informational brochures: If Your Town Has Contaminated Land, Here's How You Might Turn an Eyesore Into an Asset; Transporting Radioactive Materials in New Jersey; and We Live in a Radioactive World.

SITE

  • The Siting Board completed and published the Preliminary Site Investigation Program and The Site Characterization Program, which describe the work that will be done to evaluate the suitability of any potential disposal facility site.
  • The Board completed and published the New Jersey Low-Level Radioactive Waste Disposal Plan 1996 Update, the first update to the plan originally prepared in 1990. The update, which is required by the Siting Act, describes how the waste generated in New Jersey is managed and transported, and projects waste volume and activity for the next 50 years.
  • The Board continued developing a Request For Proposals for a contractor to design, build, operate and close New Jersey's disposal facility. The Board distributed a Request For Infromation to potential bidders that has helped refine the RFP.
  • The National Low-Level Waste Management Program prepared a report for the Siting board on "Preliminary Cost estimates for Managing Low-Level Radioactive Waste in the State of New Jersey."
     

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1997 Agenda

The Siting Board expects to continue with the approach it has used since adopting the Voluntary Siting Plan in February 1995. This will include:

  • Additional outreach efforts around the state both to acquaint people with New Jersey's need to find a safe, dependable, long-term solution to this pressing problem, and to help more communities evaluate whether hosting the disposal facility for low-level radioactive waste could be beneficial for them.
  • Assessing generators of low-level radioactive waste for the first time in four years to fund the costs associated with siting a disposal facility in New Jersey.
  • Continuing focused work with municipalities in which interest is expressed in considering volunteering to host the disposal facility.
  • Refining the voluntary siting process to ensure that it is as open and responsive as possible to local concerns and processes.
  • Considering whether legislative amendments or new regulations may be desirable to clarify and better facilitate the implementation of the Voluntary Siting Plan.
  • Issuing a Request For Proposals for a contractor to design, build, operate and close a disposal facility in New Jersey.
  • Continuing to work with other states and compacts to explore any possibilities for long-term out-of-state disposal. At present, however, there are no such possibilities on the horizon.

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1997 Public Meetings of the Siting Board

For 1997, the Siting Board has scheduled meetings usually on the first Thursday of each month in the 10th floor conference room, 44 S. Clinton Avenue, Trenton, located one half-block from the train station and adjacent to a public parking garage. Meetings commence at 9:30 AM and generally conclude between noon and 1:00 PM.

These meetings are open to the public:

  • January 9
  • February 6
  • March 6
  • April 10
  • May 1
  • June 5
  • July 10
  • August 7
  • September 4
  • October 9
  • November 6
  • December 4

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Financial Summary for Fiscal Year 1996
(July 1, 1995 - June 30, 1996)

TOTAL EXPENDITURES $ 1,397,994

Siting Board Operations $ 630,335

  • Staff [Salaries and Fringe] $ 503,359
  • Office Administration & Equipment $ 55,089
  • Exhibits & Conferences $ 6,282
  • Public Outreach $ 65,605

Professional Services from State Departments $ 344,337

  • Department of Environmental Protection $ 189,083
  • New Jersey Network $ 35,954
  • Office of the Attorney General $ 44,000
  • Office of Dispute Settlement $ 75,300

Other Professional Services $ 292,172

  • Center for Public Interest Polling, Eagleton Institute of Politics, Rutgers University $ 7,500
  • Foster Wheeler Environmental Corporation $ 274,172
  • League of Women Voters' Education Fund $ 10,500

Northeast Compact Commission $ 131,150

 

ENCUMBRANCES

The Siting Board receives all of its funding through fee assessments on New Jersey generators of low-level radioactive waste. The Board will assess fees for the first time in four years to provide sufficient funds in FY'98 for site characterization - a comprehensive and expensive analysis and evaluation of a potential site - to begin as soon as a community and the Board agree that such an undertaking is warranted.

As noted above, the Board received professional services during FY'96 from seven entities. Four - the Department of Environmental Protection, the Office of the Attorney General, the Office of Dispute Settlement, and Foster Wheeler Environmental Corporation - provide assistance to the Board on an on-going basis. The other three were hired for discrete projects: New Jersey Network for the production of the Board's informational videotape; the Center for Public Interest Polling at the Eagleton Institute of Politics to conduct and analyze two focus groups during the development of the voluntary siting process; and the League of Women Voters' Education Fund to convene a statewide conference in Jamesburg on low-level radioactive waste management.

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