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INTERSTATE AGENCIES

APPALACHIAN STATES LOW-LEVEL RADIOACTIVE WASTE COMMISSION


[photo, Montgomery Park Business Center, 1800 Washington Blvd., Baltimore, Maryland] Kathleen A. McGinty, Pennsylvania, Chair (chosen by Commission, 1-year term)

Maryland members appointed by Governor to 2-year terms: Shari T. Wilson, Secretary of the Environment, 2007 (vacancy, alternate); John M. Colmers, Secretary of Health & Mental Hygiene, 2007 (Michelle A. Gourdine, M.D., alternate).

Montgomery Park Business Center, 1800 Washington Blvd., Baltimore, Maryland, February 2004. Photo by Diane F. Evartt.


Contact: Edward C. Hammerberg

c/o Waste Management Administration
Dept. of the Environment, 1800 Washington Blvd., Baltimore, MD 21230 - 1724
(410) 537-3345; fax: (410) 537-4133
e-mail: ehammerberg@mde.state.md.us
web: www.dep.state.pa.us/brp/Nuclear_Safety_Division/RadWasteEmergencyRespSection/appalach.htm

In 1986, Maryland ratified the Appalachian States Low-Level Radioactive Waste Compact (Chapter 33, Acts of 1986). Delaware, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia also have ratified the Compact. The Compact established the Appalachian States Low-Level Radioactive Waste Commission to assure interstate cooperation for the proper packaging and transportation of low-level radioactive wastes.

The Commission identifies a host state (based on the volume and curie content of radioactive waste generated) to receive and dispose of radioactive waste from party states. Pennsylvania is currently the host state. Costs and benefits are distributed equitably among party states. Wastes generated outside the region may be banned by the Commission.

To reduce the volume of low-level radioactive waste, the Commission conducts research and recommends regulations. The Commission also prepares contingency plans in the event the regional facility is closed and enters into temporary agreements for emergency disposal.

Appointed by the governor, two members from each party state serve on the Commission, as do four members from each host state. The Commission provides for its own organization and procedures, by-laws, rules, and regulations (Code Environment Article, secs. 7-301 through 7-306). By resolution adopted in 1998, the chair of the Commission serves as Executive Director, and the vice-chair as Secretary/Treasurer.

The Commission's annual meeting is held in the autumn.

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