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P.O. BOX 5427

CARY, NC  27512


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While many have spoken of the lack of progress in siting new radioactive waste disposal facilities as envisioned by Congress in 1980, I believe Dr. Hodes would be most pleased with the many innovative solutions that have emerged over the past decade,” said Scott Kirk, a Director of Regulatory Affairs for BWX Technologies, Inc. (BWXT).   “A new regional disposal facility has opened that provides cost-effective disposal capabilities for our nation, even for some of the most challenging waste streams. These successes would not have been possible without the leadership of strong private/public partnerships, such as the one that was created in Texas.

Mr. Kirk received the 2017 Richard S. Hodes, M.D. Honor Lecture Award yesterday in recognition of his innovative efforts in solving low-level radioactive waste (LLRW) management challenges in the United States by:

• Conceiving and perfecting the idea of placing very low activity LLRW in a near-surface landfill based on a performance assessment that showed the predicted dose did not exceed regulatory limits;
• Proposing a near-surface disposal option for Greater than Class C (GTCC) waste that is currently under consideration by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) and the State of Texas; and
• Submitting an application to the NRC to construct and operate a consolidated interim storage facility for spent nuclear fuel.

In addition, the Southeast Compact Commission for Low-Level Radioactive Waste Management (Commission) commended Mr. Kirk for his contribution to the professionalism of health physics and radiation safety programs at the Texas Low-Level Radioactive Waste Disposal Compact’s regional disposal facility in Andrews County, Texas.

“The Commission thanks Scott for discussing his many innovative efforts in solving LLRW management challenges in the United States,” said Jack Storton, one of the Southeast Compact Commissioners from VA, who presented the Award.  “His efforts have improved radiation health and safety and provided additional economical and safe disposal and storage options for LLRW, GTCC waste, and spent reactor fuel.   His creative work clearly exemplifies the spirit and commitment that the Hodes Award is intended to recognize.”

Mr. Kirk has more than 25 years of experience in the nuclear industry and recently joined BWXT as a Director of Regulatory Affairs.  In this capacity, he provides guidance on a variety of regulatory affairs matters, focusing on radioactive waste management. Prior to his employment with BWXT, Scott served as the Vice President of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs for Waste Control Specialists LLC, where he significantly contributed to the successful licensing of the first new regional disposal facility to open in the past 40 years in Andrews County, Texas. 

The Commission established the Richard S. Hodes, M.D. Honor Lecture Award to honor the memory of Dr. Richard S. Hodes, who served as chair of the Southeast Compact Commission from its inception in 1983 until his death in 2002. 

Nominations for the 2018 Hodes Honor Lecture Award are now being accepted. The deadline for submittal of nominations is August 15, 2017.  Details are on the Commission website at www.secompact.com or you may contact Ted Buckner at (tedb (at) secompact (dot) org) tedb (at) secompact (dot) org.


The Southeast Compact Commission maintains an electronic National Directory of Brokers and Processors at www.bpdirectory.com for use by compacts, states, federal agencies, and users of radioactive materials. It provides information about companies that package, transport, process or otherwise manage radioactive material in preparation for ultimate disposal. Access to the site and listing in the directory are free of charge.

Attention Brokers and Processors

To get a free listing in the directory or additional information, go to www.bpdirectory.com or contact:

Linda Walters, Director of Special Projects
Southeast Compact Commission
P.O. Box 5427
Cary, NC 27512
Phone: 919/380-7780 (Office)
(lwalters (at) secompact (dot) org) lwalters (at) secompact (dot) org


Many organizations in the United States share common interests with the Southeast Compact Commission, such as the safe management of radioactive waste and the protection of public health and the environment. The Commission endeavors to stay abreast of the activities of organizations sharing common goals and interests through the use of volunteer liaisons.

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On June 23, The Southeast Compact Commission for Low-level Radioactive Waste Management elected new officers at its 108th Business Meeting in Atlanta, GA.

The Commission elected Debra Shults as Chairman.  Ms. Shults has served as an Alternate Commissioner from the State of Tennessee since 1989.  She has also served as Vice-Chairman of the Compact Commission since 2004.

Ms. Shults has over thirty years of professional experience in managing environmental programs in the state.  In 2010, she was appointed as the Director of the Division of Radiological Health (DRH)) in the Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC).  Ms. Shults serves as the Governor’s appointed State Liaison Officer to the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission, the designee to receive advance notifications regarding shipments of certain radioactive materials per 10 CFR 37, and currently serves as Treasurer of the Organization of Agreement States.

Ms. Shults duties as Chairman include presiding at all Commission meetings, appointing the membership of all committees of the Commission, officially representing the Commission, and performing all other duties that are normally performed by a presiding officer.

The Commission elected Steve Harrison as Chairman-Elect.  Mr. Harrison has served as one of the two Commissioners from the Commonwealth of Virginia since 2014.

Mr. Harrison has served as the Director of the Commonwealth’s Office of Radiological Health in the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) since 2012.  He joined VDH in 2003 where he has served as Assistant State Planning Coordinator, State Hospital Coordinator, Strategic National Stockpile and Exercise Coordinator, and Emergency Preparedness & Response’s Central Region Planner.  Prior to joining VDH, Mr. Harrison worked for Dominion Resources for 23 years, where he performed nuclear emergency planning and conducted radiological surveillance and testing.

As Chairman-Elect, Mr. Harrison will serve as the Vice-Chairman and will automatically become the Chairman after serving a two-year term as Chairman-Elect.  He will also represent the Commission on behalf of the Chairman when needed, prepare to assume the position of Chairman to assure continuity in the leadership of the Commission, and assume the position of Chairman if the Chairman is unable to perform her duties.

The Commission elected Paul Burks as Secretary/Treasurer.  Mr. Burks has represented the State of Georgia since 1984.  He has served on various committees of the Commission and as Chairman of the Administrative Committee.

After serving nearly 31 years in Georgia state government, Mr. Burks retired in 2006 as the Executive Director of the Georgia Environmental Facilities Authority (GEFA).  Since 2008, he has worked on a consulting and part-time basis for the Carl Vinson Institute of Government of the University of Georgia, and currently serves as State Services Liaison for the Institute.

As the Commission’s Secretary/Treasurer, Mr. Burks duties are to supervise and control the funds of the Commission and to ensure the minutes of all Commission meetings are recorded, prepared, and distributed to each member of the Commission.


On March 25, 2015, the Conference of Radiation Control Program Directors (CRCPD) distributed a survey regarding the proper management and disposition of disused sources to all State Program Directors on behalf of the Low-Level Radioactive Waste Forum, Inc. (LLW Forum) Disused Sources Working Group (DSWG).

Survey responses are requested by April 17, 2015.

CRCPD’s E-34-Committee on Unwanted Radioactive Materials and the CRCPD Board have reviewed, amended and approved this survey and encourage all state program directors to timely complete and submit their responses. The initial results of the survey will be presented at the CRCPD’s 47th National Conference on Radiation Control that will be held on May 18-21, 2015 in St. Louis, Missouri.

Interested stakeholders are encouraged to contact your State Radiation Program Directors to request that they timely complete and submit their responses to the survey.

The survey may be viewed at www.surveymonkey.com/s/SealedSources

Additional information about the DSWG survey may be found on the DSWG web site at www.disusedsources.org.

If you have questions or require additional information about the DSWG, please contact Todd Lovinger, Executive Director of the LLW Forum at (754) 779-7551 or via email at (LLWForumInc (at) aol (dot) com) LLWForumInc (at) aol (dot) com