SOUTHEAST COMPACT COMMISSION SELECTS 2015 HODES AWARD RECIPIENT
The Southeast Compact Commission has selected the Division of Radiation Control (DRC) of the Utah Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) and EnergySolutions as the recipients of the 2015 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.
The recipients are being recognized for the significant role they have played in working to solve low-level radioactive waste management problems in the United States. Both the DRC and EnergySolutions contributed their time, energy, and resources to improve radiation health, safety, and security throughout the nation by developing and implementing the Utah Sealed Source License Variance initiative, which facilitated the collection and cost-effective disposal of certain sealed sources that did not have a commercial disposal pathway. This creative and collaborative effort clearly exemplifies the spirit and commitment that the Hodes Award is intended to recognize.
EnergySolutions is an international nuclear services company that operates the commer-cial LLRW disposal facility in Clive, Utah. Headquartered in Salt Lake City, Utah, the company provides recycling, processing, and disposal services to the nuclear industry. The DRC is the Utah program responsible for licensing and regulating the Clive facility.
A representative of the agency and/or the company will accept the Hodes Award on behalf of the organizations and present a lecture during the 2015 Waste Management conference in Phoenix, Arizona. The conference is sponsored by WM Symposia and will be held from March 15 – 19, 2015 at the Phoenix Convention Center. A specific time is reserved on Monday, March 16, 2015, for the presentation of the award and the lecture.
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.
The Commission would like to thank those individuals and organizations that participated in the 2015 award program. Their involvement has helped to assure the continued success of the Richard S. Hodes, M.D. Honor Lecture Award.
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)
(lwalters (at) secompact (dot) org) lwalters (at) secompact (dot) org
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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ACTIVITIES OF LOW-LEVEL WASTE FORUM DISUSED SOURCES WORKING GROUP
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
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.