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SOUTHEAST COMPACT COMMISSION SELECTS 2016 HODES AWARD RECIPIENT
On March 7, 2016 at the annual meeting of the Waste Management Conference in Phoenix, Arizona, the Southeast Compact Commission awarded Louis F. Centofanti, Ph.D., President and Chief Executive Officer of Perma-Fix Environ-mental Services, Inc., with the 2016 Richard S. Hodes MD Honor Lecture Award.
The Commission recognized Dr. Centofanti for his innovative efforts in developing critical new technologies, facilities, and resources for the nuclear industry. His efforts have improved radiation health, safety, and security throughout the nation and provided safe disposition of waste that did not previously have disposal pathways. Most recently, he developed an innovative solution to the domestic commercial production of TC-99m that produces very little secondary waste without the proliferation concerns that accompany the use of enriched uranium.
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 2017 Hodes Honor Lecture Award are now being accepted. The deadline for submittal of nominations is July 31, 2016. Details are on the commission website at www.secompact.org, or you may contact Ted Buckner at 919/380-7780 or (tedb (at) secompact (dot) org) tedb (at) secompact (dot) org.
The Commission would like to thank those individuals and organizations that participated in the 2016 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
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.
SOUTHEAST COMPACT COMMISSION ELECTS NEW OFFICERS
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.
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