Appalachian States Low-Level Radioactive Waste Commission

Appalachian States Low-Level Waste Commission Annual Meeting
  • Wed., Nov. 5, 2014; 10:00 am—12:30 pm
  • Harrisburg Hilton and Towers
    One North 2nd Street
    Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
  • For further information, contact the Commission at 717-787-2163

Disused Sources Working Group Report Now Available
  • In September 2011, at the request of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) National Nuclear Security Administration/Global Threat Reduction Initiative (NNSA/GTRI), the Low-Level Radioactive Waste Forum (LLW Forum) formed the Disused Sources Work Group (DSWG) to develop recommendations for improving the management and disposition of disused sealed sources that pose a threat to national security.
  • Over a 30-month period, the DSWG solicited input from a broad range of stakeholders.†The final report, which includes findings and recommendations from the working group, was released at the spring LLW Forum meeting in Austin, Texas, on March 17, 2014.
  • The report, a PDF document, may be downloaded and printed from the LLW Forumís homepage.

Announcement of Availability of the Texas Regional Facility for Disposal of Commercial Low-Level Radioactive Waste (LLRW)


The General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania created the Appalachian States Low-Level Radioactive Waste Commission (Commission) by enacting the Appalachian States Low-Level Radioactive Waste Compact Act, Pennsylvania Act 1985-120 (PDF). Under the authority of this act, the states of Delaware, Maryland, West Virginia and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania formed a compact to provide for the regional management and disposal of low-level radioactive waste (LLRW) in response to federal law, Low-Level Radioactive Waste Policy Act of 1980 (PDF) and Low-level Radioactive Waste Policy Amendment Act of 1985 (PDF). Congress consented to the Appalachian States Low-Level Radioactive Waste Compact in May 1988.

The Appalachian States Low-Level Radioactive Waste Compact is made up of Delaware, Maryland, West Virginia and Pennsylvania
Administration of the Commission

The Commission currently consists of 10 members: four from Pennsylvania and two each from Delaware, Maryland and West Virginia. The governor of Pennsylvania will appoint an eleventh member from the municipality or county where the regional disposal facility is located.

The Commission became operational June 4, 1990. The Commission is required to hold an annual meeting. The chairman, a majority of the Commission members, or two Commission members from the host state can call additional meetings during the year. Since the suspension of the siting process, the Commission has only been holding annual meetings. These meetings are open to the public.

The membership of the Commission is in flux due to recent gubernatorial elections. Vacant positions on the Commission will be filled by their respective governors and the names of new Commission Members will be added when confirmed.

Duties and Powers of the Commission

The Appalachian States Low-Level Radioactive Waste Compact Act, Pennsylvania Act 1985-120, empowers the Commission to carry out certain duties, the most significant of which are as follows:

  • Conduct research and establish regulations to promote reduction in volume and curie content of LLRW generated within the region.

  • Ensure the LLRW generated within the region is safely disposed.

  • Designate "host states" to establish LLRW disposal facilities as required by the compact.

  • Prepare contingency plans for the management and disposal or LLRW if a regional disposal facility is closed or unavailable.

  • Examine all records or operators of regional disposal facilities pertaining to operating costs, profits, charges, fees or surcharges and make recommendations to the host state.

  • Provide public information concerning LLRW management and disposal needs, technologies and problems.

  • Keep current and annual inventories of all generators by name and quantity of LLRW generated within the region. Inventory information shall include volume, curie content, chemical composition and toxicity of such watse.

  • Keep an inventory of all regional facilities and specialized facilities in the nation.

  • Enter into temporary agreements with non-party states or other regional boards for the emergency disposal of the regional LLRW.

  • Publish an annual report detailing its programs, operations and finances.
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