On January 22, 2003 the Siting Board and friends met at
Diamonds Riverfront in Trenton for lunch and to celebrate
VERSE DEVOTED TOWARD THE ADVISORY COMMITTEE & SITING BOARD"
There are jobs within
the State that are quite hotly fought for,
But there are also
many others volunteers are sought for.
The latter groups
take on the tasks politicos wont touch,
Like where unpopular
facilities should go, and such.
takes extraordinary folks to answer such a call;
They are true public
servants in the highest sense of all.
They make the tough
decisions, putting public interest first.
Not only do they
get no pay - theyre criticized and cursed.
Many of these noble souls
once found that they were faced
With finding where
to put low-level radioactive waste.
New Jersey and
Connecticut both formed a compact, though,
Neither State had
any clue just where the stuff should go.
We tried to find some
ideal sites, and then we tried to steer
To volunteer incentives,
but towns all said, "Not here!"
joined with our South Carolina friends.
The waste now goes
to Barnwell, and there the story ends.
The Siting Board is something
rare - it sought its abolition
When its work was
over and it finished up its mission.
Now, Board and
Committee are both just a memory;
and workshops will be done by D.E.P.
But we cannot let 15
years and more just go like that.
There are lots
of folks right here whose backs deserve a pat.
So, upon this Honor
Roll, wed like now to embark
By naming Joann
Johnson, Denny Medlin and Pat Clark,
Jan Gottlieb, Leland
Merrill, Bill McGrath and Ted J. Stahl
Steve Miller, Leslie
London, Bob McKeever, Maryann Kall,
Francis Faunt, and this poetic medley
Also mentions Roger
Haase, Sam Penza and Dave Steidley.
Karen Kennedy is named,
and, as you all might guess,
Weve included Karl Muessig of N.J.G.S.,
John Russell, Cynthia Covie, and, from an early day,
Denise Drace and Janice B. Deshais,
Jim Shissias, Dick Olsson
and Jeanette Eng - where to hide her?
Near Nancy Stanley,
Lisa Roche, Jim Clancy and Fran Snyder!
Mike Hogan, Vince
Belluscio and Prudy Gaskill, too,
Paula Getzin, Jill
Lipoti; hey, were halfway through!
Mike Lakat, Bernie Edelman,
and, just to keep this rhymin,
Bonnie Magnuson, Fred Palace and John Simon,
John Weingart, and now right in here well pencil
Judy Blum, Dave Brook and Joseph Stencel,
Rick McGoey and Thomas
Dempsey, once from GPU,
Gerry Nicholls and Burt Sueskind, too.
Chris Leone and
John Beckley and Andy Bertone
so no ones left out and feeling all alone!)
Deirdre Naughton, Lauren
Moore and Mary Ann Rivell,
Bill Dressel, Donald
Fauerbach and Donald Shutz, as well,
Eileen Schlindwein and Dave Slear.
(No one should
be fidgeting - the end is almost here!)
Now some lines devoted
to a very special pair:
and Larry Spitznagle, who both served as Chair.
Whenever a reporter
had a story to complete
On what the Board
was doing, Paul or Larry took the heat.
We cannot close without
a mention of our Compact friend:
Kevin McCarthy, and, as we reach the end,
the final mention for our dean and guiding light:
If you said, "Richard
Sullivan," of course you would be right.
A worthy group, to say
the least, which never tried to shirk
All the obligations
of some truly thankless work.
You solved a major
problem, and, now, since your task is through,
the State knows what a debt it owes to all of you!
To the Members and Staff
of the New Jersey Low-Level Radioactive Waste Disposal Facility
Siting Board and the New Jersey Radioactive Waste Advisory Committee,
for a job well done!
friend, John Covino
January 22, 2003