Central Interstate Commission Passes Resolution Authorizing Waste Exports

On June 20, 2017, the Central Interstate Low-Level Radioactive Waste Commission held its annual meeting at the Capital Hotel in Little Rock, Arkansas.

During the meeting, the Commission passed a resolution granting approval for all low-level radioactive waste generators in the compact region (Arkansas, Kansas, Louisiana, and Oklahoma) to export their low-level radioactive waste without first making application to the Commission.

The text of the resolution is as follows:

WHEREAS, the Central Interstate Low-Level Radioactive Waste Commission (“Commission”) was established in 1984 pursuant to the Central Interstate Low-Level Radioactive Waste Compact (“Compact”) (Public Law 99-240) and has, as current member states, Arkansas, Kansas, Louisiana, and Oklahoma, and  

WHEREAS, Article III.g. of the Compact provides that, unless authorized by the Commission, it shall be unlawful after January 1, 1986 for any person to export from the region, low-level radioactive waste (“LLRW”) generated within the region, and to transport LLRW from the site at which it is generated except to a regional facility, and 

WHEREAS, in 2006, the Commission adopted a resolution to not actively pursue siting a regional facility in one of the member states, and  

WHEREAS, by not having a regional facility in one of the member states, all LLRW generators in the member states have exported their LLRW wastes from the region to a non-Compact disposal facility after having applied to, and obtained authorization from, the Commission, as required by Article III.g., and 

WHEREAS, the Commission has determined there is no further need to require each LLRW generator to apply to the Commission for export authorization,  

BE IT NOW THEREFORE RESOLVED THAT:

 

A. This Resolution shall take effect July 1, 2017 and shall serve as authorization for export required under Article III.g. of the Compact.

B. The Commission authorizes all LLRW generators within the member states to export LLRW generated at their facilities to any duly authorized and permitted disposal facility outside of the Compact, without application to the Commission or payment of any application fee, provided the export is done in compliance with all applicable state and federal laws and regulations and any terms or conditions required of both the disposal facility to receive the LLRW and the regional Compact in which the disposal facility is located. 

C. Within 30 days of the date this Resolution is adopted, the Administrator shall ensure a copy of this Resolution is posted on the Commission’s webpage and is provided to: 

  • all LLRW generators who have filed Export Applications with the Commission during Fiscal Years 2015 to the present; and
  • the following LLRW disposal facilities and their associated Compact:
    • EnergySolutions in Barnwell, South Carolina (Atlantic Compact);
    • EnergySolutions in Clive, Utah (Northwest Compact);
    • S. Ecology in Richland, Washington (Northwest Compact); and
    • Waste Control Specialists in Andrews, Texas (Texas-Vermont Compact).

This resolution shall remain in effect until modified, suspended, or revoked by the Commission.

The resolution was adopted by a 4 to 0 vote of the Central Interstate Low-Level Radioactive Waste Commission.  The effective date of the resolution, which was signed by Commission Chair Jon Roberts, is July 1, 2017.

For additional information, please contact Kristie Valtierra, Administrator of the Central Interstate Low-Level Radioactive Waste Compact Commission, at (402) 702-5220 or at admin@cillrwcc.org or visit their web site at www.cillrwcc.org.

Central Interstate Compact Commission to Hold Annual Meeting

On June 20, 2017, the Central Interstate Low-Level Radioactive Waste Commission will hold its annual meeting.  The meeting will be held at the Capital Hotel, which is located at 111 West Markham Street in Little Rock, Arkansas.  The meeting is scheduled to begin at 9:00 a.m. CDT.  Interested stakeholders may participate via teleconference by calling (888) 822-7517 and entering code 4495347.

The following items are on the draft agenda for the meeting:

1.  Call to Order and Roll Call (Chair)

2.  Introduction of Oklahoma’s Alternate Commissioner (Chair)

3. Administrator Report (Administrator)

4. Chair Report (Chair)

5. Commissioners Reports

  • Opportunity for each Commissioner to report on any activities in their states that may be of interest to the Commission.

6.  Approval of Minutes of November 17, 2016 Special Teleconference Meeting

  • Questions/Discussion by Commissioners
  • Questions/Discussion by Public
  • Roll Call Vote

7.  Ratify Action Taken on Export Applications

  • December 2016
  • January 2017
  • February 2017
  • March 2017
  • April 2017
  • May 2017
  • June 2017
    • Questions/Discussion by Commissioners
    • Questions/Discussion by Public
    • Roll Call Vote

8.  Resolution Regarding Export Authorizations

  • The Commission is proposing a resolution to authorize all low-level radioactive waste generators in the Compact region (AR, KS, LA, OK) to export their wastes to an appropriate disposal facility outside of the region without first applying to the Commission for such authorization.
    • Questions/Discussion by Commissioners
    • Questions/Discussion by Public
    • Roll Call Vote

9.  Revisions to Rules of the Commission Relating to Requests for Authorization to Export Waste – Policy Statement and Rule 1

  • This Agenda item will be considered only if the Resolution under Agenda Item 8 is approved.  This action will: (1) revise the Rule 1 Policy Statement to align with the Resolution and (2) suspend Rules 1.1 through 1.4 related to export applications and payment of application fees.  Rule 1.5 authorizing the Commission to enter into agreements with the United States, other Compacts, or individual states for the exportation or management of waste will not be affected.
  • Questions/Discussion by Commissioners
  • Questions/Discussion by Public
  • Roll Call Vote

10.  Revisions to Rule of the Commission Relating to the “Regional Waste Disposal Administrative Fee” – Policy Statement and Rule 10

  • This Policy Statement and Rule 10 establish an administrative fee for low-level radioactive waste disposed in a disposal facility located in the Central Interstate Compact region.  This action is to insert clarifying clauses and correct a couple of scrivener’s errors.
  • Questions/Discussion by Commissioners
  • Questions/Discussion by Public
  • Roll Call Vote

11.  Revisions to Rule 27 – Public Notice & Announcement Procedures

  • This action is to ensure alignment of Rule 27 with the Commission Bylaws.
  • Questions/Discussion by Commissioners
  • Questions/Discussion by Public
  • Roll Call Vote

12.  Review and Approve Commission’s FY 2018 Administrative Budget

  • Questions/Discussion by Commissioners
  • Questions/Discussion by Public
  • Roll Call Vote

13.  Set Date for November Special Teleconference Meeting and Date/Location for June 2018 Annual Meeting

14.  Executive Session for Personnel Matters – Administrator Review

15.  Adjourn

For additional information, please contact Kristie Valtierra, Administrator of the Central Interstate Low-Level Radioactive Waste Compact Commission, at (402) 702-5220 or at admin@cillrwcc.org or visit their web site at www.cillrwcc.org.

Central Interstate Compact Commission to Hold Annual Meeting

On June 14, 2016, the Central Interstate Low-Level Radioactive Waste Commission will hold its annual meeting.  The meeting—which will be held at the Hilton Hotel in Shreveport, Louisiana—is scheduled to begin at 9:00 a.m. CDT.

The purpose of the meeting is to take necessary action and discussion on proposed changes to the By-Laws and Rules, reports, meeting minutes, export applications, export fee schedule (Rule 1), administrative budget, election of Chairman for fiscal year 2016-2017, and all other business to come before the Commission.

An agenda, kept continuously, is available by contacting the Commission’s office or going to their web page.

For additional information, please contact Rita Houskie, Administrator of the Central Interstate Low-Level Radioactive Waste Compact Commission, at (402) 476-8247 or at rita@cillrwcc.org or visit their web site at www.cillrwcc.org.