THE ELECTRIC POWER RESEARCH INSTITUTE TO RECEIVE THE 2014 HODES AWARD
The Southeast Compact Commission has selected the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) as the recipient of the 2014 Richard S. Hodes, M.D. Honor Lecture Award—a program that recognizes an individual, company, or organization that has contributed in an innovative way to improving the technology, policy, or practices of low-level radioactive waste (LLRW) management in the United States.
EPRI is being recognized for the significant role the organization plays in advancing low-level radioactive waste management improvements in the United States. EPRI’s leadership and innovative efforts in developing waste storage guidelines and providing site-specific support for low-level waste programs at nuclear power plants have enhanced public safety, as well as contributed to the efficient management of radioactive waste in the US. The organization’s work clearly exemplifies the qualities that the Hodes Award is intended to recognize.
EPRI is an independent, nonprofit organization that conducts research, development and demonstration relating to the generation, delivery and use of electricity for the benefit of the public. The organization brings together scientists and engineers, as well as experts from academia and the industry to help address challenges in nearly every area of electricity generation, delivery and use, management and environmental responsibility.
Lisa Edwards, who is a Senior Program Manager at EPRI, will accept the Hodes Award on behalf of the organization. Edwards will also present a lecture during the 2014 Waste Management conference in Phoenix, Arizona. The conference is sponsored by WM Symposia and will be held from March 2 – 6, 2014 at the Phoenix Convention Center. A specific time is reserved on Monday, March 3, 2014, for the presentation of the award and the lecture.
The Commission would like to thank those individuals and organizations that participated in the 2014 awards program. Their involvement has helped to assure the continued success of the Richard S. Hodes, M.D. Honor Lecture Award.
The Southeast Compact Commission for Low-Level Radioactive Waste Management 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 2015 Hodes Honor Lecture Award are now being accepted. The deadline for submittal of nominations is June 30, 2014. Details are on the Commission website at www.secompact.org or you may contact Ted Buckner at 919/380-7780 or tedb@secompact
ATTENTION ALL RADIOACTIVE MATERIAL LICENSEES – Financial Assistance is Available for Sealed Source Disposal
For a limited time only, radioactive material licensees in the Southeast Compact region may be able to obtain financial assistance for the disposal of sealed sources. The Commission urges all licensees to take action immediately to register their sealed sources with the Department of Energy (DOE).
“A once in a lifetime opportunity” is how Michael H. Mobley, Chairman of the Southeast Compact Commission, characterized a collaborative project developed by EnergySolutions, the State of Utah, the Conference of Radiation Control Program Directors (CRCPD) and the DOE Global Threat Reduction Initiative. Under this project, EnergySolutions applied for, and has been granted, a variance to its license to allow certain Class A sealed sources to be disposed for a one-year period at its low-level radioactive disposal facility in Clive, Utah.
This presents a very special opportunity for waste generators throughout the nation to clear stored Class A sealed sources from their storage inventory, thus reducing risk to public health and reducing threats to national security.
Only Class A sealed sources recovered as part of a round-up coordinated by the Conference of Radiation Control Program Directors (CRCPD) “Source Collection and Threat Reduction” (SCATR) Program are authorized for disposal under the variance. CRCPD is offering financial assistance equal to half the cost of disposal to generators who participate in the effort.
Only sealed sources that meet certain specified criteria will be considered for the program. See the linked document for the program criteria.
The sealed source must be registered with the Off Site Source Recovery Project (OSRP) before it can be accepted for disposal. For information about registering source(s), go to http://osrp.lanl.gov/PickUpSources.aspx. A list of the sealed sources registered with OSRP will be sent to a broker included in a list included in the SCATR criteria document. A broker will contact generators to schedule a date and time for collection of sealed sources.
If you have questions regarding the collection effort, please contact Russ Meyer at CRCPD (512-761-3822 or (rmeyer (at) crcpd (dot) org) rmeyer (at) crcpd (dot) org), Abigail Cuthbertson of DOE (202-586-2391 or firstname.lastname@example.org), or Meaghan Jennison of DOE (email@example.com).
LIAISONS PROVIDE ESSENTIAL SERVICE
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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COMMISSIONER FOLDESI APPOINTED TO VIRGINIA RADIATION ADVISORY BOARD
Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell recently appointed Les P. Foldesi, CHP, to the Virginia Radiation Advisory Board. Foldesi is the former director of the Virginia Department of Health, Division of Radiological Health Program.
Members of the Radiation Advisory Board meet annually to review and evaluate policies and programs of the Commonwealth of Virginia related to ionizing radiation. The Radiation Advisory Board makes recommendations to the state health commissioner and the Board of Health, the Executive Director of the Department of Waste Management, and the Virginia Waste Management Board. The Board furnishes such technical advice as may be required on matters relating to development, utilization, and regulation of sources of ionizing radiation.
Mr. Foldesi has served as an Alternate Commissioner on the Southeast Compact Commission since 2009.
GUIDES TO LLW MANAGEMENT NOW AVAILABLE
Southeast Compact Commission staff released a document on October 2, 2012, summarizing the services available to radioactive materials licensees in the Southeast Compact region for the storage, processing, and disposal of low-level radioactive waste and providing contact information for each facility. “A Guide to the Management of Low-Level Radioactive Waste in the Southeast Compact Region” is available.
Another Commission document, “Access to Existing Disposal Facilities for Class A, B, and C LLRW,” has been updated to reflect changes that occurred in 2012. It provides a one-page summary of the existing disposal facilities in the United States, which facilities are accessible for Southeast Compact generators, and the conditions of access.
A listing of brokers qualified to ship to the Texas Compact facility is also provided.
For more information, please contact Mr. Ted Buckner at 919.380.7780 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
DIRECTORY OF BROKERS AND PROCESSORS
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
1230 SE Maynard Road, Suite 103
Cary, NC 27511
Phone: 919/380-7780 (Office)