Is The New Jersey Siting Board?
(Prior to December 2, 2002)
New Jersey Low-Level Radioactive Waste Disposal Facility Siting
was created with the passage in 1987 of the New Jersey Siting
Act (N.J.A.C. 13:1E-177). This legislation created both the
Siting Board and the New Jersey Radioactive Waste Advisory Committee,
and established procedures for the siting of a disposal facility
for low-level radioactive waste "should the State be designated
for such a site by the Northeast Interstate Low-Level Radioactive
required that the Board develop criteria and guidelines for
siting a disposal facility designed to "prevent adverse
public health, environmental, or economic impacts resulting
from the location of the facility, including impacts from the
transportation of waste to the facility." The Act also
directed the Board to develop and adopt a Low-Level Radioactive
Waste Disposal Plan, to include: "an inventory of current
and anticipated wastes and waste generators in the region, a
technical analysis of waste disposal methods, and an analysis
of transportation routes and the 'waste stream' to a facility."
of the Act established a review process for the design, construction,
and operation of the facility "so as to assure maximum
protection from any dangers inherent in the disposal of low-level
radioactive waste" and to "assure the full participation
of, and financial assistance to, the municipalities most affected
by the siting decisions." The Act also provides incentives
and protections to the host municipality, as well as host municipality
involvement on the Siting Board and in the oversight of the
series of public meetings, the Siting Board, with the advice
and assistance of the Advisory Committee, aadopted a voluntary
approach to siting the facility needed in New Jersey. New Jersey
and Connecticut, the states that comprise the Northeast Interstate
Commission, or 'Compact,' have each opted to build its own disposal
Board usually meets the first Thursday of the 3rd, 6th, 9th
and 12th months of the year in the large conference room at
the DEP Radiation Protection Program offices, 25 Arctic Parkway,
Trenton. These meetings, which begin at 9:30a.m. and usually
run until about 1:00p.m., are of course open to the public.
are the members of the Siting Board?
11 members of the Siting Board are appointed
by the Governor with the consent of the State Senate. They are
people who work with radioactive materials in industry, medicine
and research. They are environmentalists. They are volunteers
who are concerned that New Jersey meet its mandate to find a
safe, long-term solution to a pressing need.
Paul E. Wyszkowski, P.E., a manager of environmental
affairs at Bell Laboratories, Lucent Technologies (formerly
AT&T). A graduate Civil Engineer with over 40 years' experience
in environmental engineering, he is registered as a professional
engineer in six states. A resident of Warren (Somerset County),
he has been on the Board since its inception and serves as its
J. Hogan, Esq. and/or Gerald P. Nicholls, Ph.D. have
been ex officio representatives of the Environmental
Protection Commissioner since 1998 and 1989, respectively.
Mike Hogan is counselor to the Commissioner of the New
Jersey Department of Environmental Protection. Gerry
Nicholls, Director of Environmental Safety, Health and Analytical
Programs for DEP, earned a B.A., M.S. and M.A. from Trenton
State College and an M.S. and Ph.D. from Temple. He is a resident
of Bordentown (Burlington County).
Michael F. Lakat is the ex officio representative
of the Commissioner of Health and Senior Services. Currently
the Special Assistant to the Assistant Commissioner of Environmental
and Occupational Health Services, he is technical and policy
adviser on federal and state legislative and regulatory issues.
A resident of Millstone Township (Monmouth County), he has been
on the Board since 1996 and chairs the Health Subcommittee.
Richard J. McGoey, a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy
who served in the Nuclear Submarine Service, is an engineer
employed by GPU Nuclear directing systems that support nuclear
power plant operations. A resident of Mendham (Morris County),
he chairs the Board's Budget/Assessment and Technical Subcommittees
and has been on the Board since 1990.
Robert P. McKeever most recently was President and Chief
Executive of Cogeneration Systems, Inc., which developed a 200
megawatt power plant in Logan Township, New Jersey. He is a
member of the United States Department of Commerce Committee
on International Trade Administration. A resident of Cape May
Beach (Cape May County), he has served on the Board since 1995.
Bonnie Magnuson, who has a B.A. in Art History from
Brown University, was Vice President of the New Jersey League
of Women Voters for eight years and is a long-time member of
its Natural Resources Committee. She has been on the Maplewood
Board of Adjustment for 13 years and is Director of Religious
Education for St. Clement's Episcopal Church, Hawthorne. A resident
of Maplewood (Essex County), she has served on the Siting Board
Leland Merrill, Ph.D., former Executive Secretary of
the New Jersey Academy of Sciences, is a retired professor from
Rutgers University, where he was Dean of Agriculture. A former
member of the Board of Directors of the New Jersey Audubon Society,
he resides in Princeton (Mercer County) and has served on the
Board since 1989.
James A. Shissias is General Manager of Environmental
Affairs for PSE&G. He received a B.S. in Industrial Engineering
from Rutgers and an M.B.A. from Temple. He is a member of the
Governor's Council on Environmental Education, the State Soil
Conservation Committee, and chairs the Environmental Affairs
Committee of the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce. He is also
on the Board of Directors of the New Jersey Audubon Society
and Chairman of the College of New Jersey Foundation. A resident
of Titusville (Mercer County), he has served on the Board since
1989, and chairs its Subcommittee on Legislative Affairs.
Theodore Stahl, M.D., a New Brunswick-based radiologist,
earned his M.D. at Hahnemann Medical College, Philadelphia.
A Clinical Associate Professor of Radiology at the University
of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey-Robert Wood Johnson
Medical School, he is Chief of Nuclear Medicine at St. Peters'
Medical Center. A resident of Highland Park (Middlesex County),
he has served on the Board since 1995.
K. David Steidley, Ph.D., is Chief Physicist in the
Department of Radiation Oncology at St. Barnabas Medical Center,
Livingston. He earned his Ph.D. in Environmental Science at
Rutgers and is a Board-certified Health Physicist and a Fellow
of the American College of Radiology. He is also Adjunct Professor
of Radiation Science at Rutgers. A resident of Short Hills (Essex
County), he has served on the Board since 1989 and is its Vice
Joseph R. Stencel, Ph.D.,
earned a B.A. in Physics from St. John's University, Collegeville,
Minnesota, an M.A. in Physics/Health Physics from Vanderbilt
University, Nashville, Tennessee, and an M.A. and PhD from Princeton
University in Environmental Engineering. He spent seven years
as a Radiation Safety Specialist with the United States Air
Force and 18 years as a Health Physicist and Environment, Safety,and
Health Manager at Princeton University's Plasma Physics Laboratory.
He is presently a Research Professor in the Civil and Environmental
Engineering Department at Rutgers University. A resident of
Montgomery Township (Somerset County), he has served on the
Board since 1990 and is on its Technical and Health Subcommittees.
are the members of the Waste Advisory Committee?
Richard K. Olsson, Ph.D., Chair Rutgers
University, Department of Geological Sciences
James Clancy Public Service Electric & Gas
Thomas M. Dempsey, P.E. 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 & Scotland
William McGrath Bristol-Myers Squibb
Lauren H. Moore Atlantic County Planning Department
Herbert W. Roeschke North Plainfield Planning Department
John M. Simon, Esq. Wolff & Samson