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EDWARDS DISCUSSES THE ELECTRIC POWER RESEARCH INSTITUTE – ITS RESEARCH AND INNOVATIONS

“For over two decades, EPRI has conducted its research with three main objectives. First, do not generate the waste if you do no have to. Second, if you generate waste that does not have a disposal pathway, then store it safely. Finally, disposal is the preferred final disposition of waste,” said Ms. Lisa Edwards, Senior Program Manager with Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI). “EPRI’s collaborative approach to problem solving has allowed us to look across the U.S. and to other countries to identify solutions and bring them to the broader audience of the industry.”

Ms. Edwards accepted the 2014 Richard S. Hodes, M.D. Honor Lecture Award yesterday on behalf of EPRI. The Southeast Compact Commission (SECC) recognized EPRI 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 U.S.

  Read Ms. Edwards' Paper, "How Low Can You Go?"

“The Southeast Compact Commission appreciates Ms. Edwards sharing her perspective of EPRI’s contributions. The industry has clearly benefitted from the organization’s work, but ultimately the beneficiaries of EPRI’s work are all of the consumers who have had more reliable and efficient service and enhanced environmental protection,” said Jack Storton, one of the two SECC commissioners from VA, who presented the Award to EPRI. “The organization’s achievements clearly exemplify the innovative qualities that the Hodes Award is intended to recognize.”

EPRI is an independent, nonprofit organization that conducts research and develops and demonstrates advancements 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.

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.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)
lwalters@secompact.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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MEET OUR NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

The Southeast Compact Commission has a new Executive Director. Ted M. Buckner comes to the position with 22 years of experience on the staff of the Commission as its Associate Director. His primary duties have been staffing the Administrative Committee of the Commission, monitoring and analysis of proposed regulations of the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission and the US Environmental Protection Agency, analysis of legal issues, and day-to-day management of the Commission’s investment portfolio.

Prior to joining the Commission staff, Ted worked as an attorney in the State of Louisiana specializing in environmental and legislative issues at the state and federal level. Before that, he worked for 13 years in corporate taxation with Price Waterhouse & Co. and the Ingram Corporation.

Ted obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from Auburn University and a law degree from Tulane University, and he is a member of the North Carolina Bar Association. He has been an active participant of the Low-Level Radioactive Waste Forum, Inc. and currently serves as the Treasurer of the organization.

Married for 26 years to Gerri Miller, a scientist and project manager at GlaxoSmithKline, Ted and Gerri have two children, Eliana (15) and Joel (11).

Ted Buckner can be reached at 919-380-7780 or at tedb@secompact.org.

LETTER FROM THE CHAIR:

Kathryn Haynes has announced her retirement from the staff, effective March 31. Her departure marks the end of a long and very successful career as the Executive Director of the Southeast Compact Commission. Her vision and commitment to the mission of the Commission have enabled us to ensure that waste generators in the southeast have access to the best available waste management options. Her work has assured the Commission’s position as a national leader in tackling very complex environmental issues.

Kathryn joined the staff of the Commission as Deputy Director in 1984 – one year after the creation of the Southeast Compact – and became Executive Director in 1988. Since then, she has been responsible for managing the staff of the Commission, guiding the day-to-day activities of the Commission, and serving as the primary spokesperson for the Commission. In addition she has been instrumental in assuring that the officers (this one in particular) were well briefed on possible contingencies and opportunities that might arise from the various issues we have faced through the years.

Haynes is one of the founders of the Low-Level Radioactive Waste Forum, Inc., a membership organization established to facilitate implementation of the LLRW Policy Act and its 1985 Amendments. She chaired the Forum from 1998 to 2003 and actively participated in the organization from its founding in 1985 until the present.

Kathryn has contributed almost thirty years of service to our organization, and her achievements will not be forgotten. Please join me in wishing her the best in the next steps of her journey through life. I, personally, will miss her extraordinary analytic capabilities and organizational talent.

Sincerely,

Michael H. Mobley

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.