TITLE 23
Health and Safety

CHAPTER 23-19.9
Low-Level Radioactive Waste Compact

SECTION 23-19.9-4


§ 23-19.9-4 Rights and obligations of host states.

(a) To the extent not prohibited by federal law, a host state is responsible for protecting the health, safety, and welfare of its citizens.

(b) To the extent not prohibited by federal law, a host state shall assure:

(1) The timely development, reasonable availability and safe operation, closure, post-closure observation and maintenance, and institutional control of any regional facility situated within its borders; and

(2) The environmental and financial integrity of any regional facility.

(c) Each host state in which an operating regional facility is located shall annually submit to the Commission a report concerning each operating regional facility situated within its borders, which shall contain projections of the anticipated future capacity and availability of the regional facility to meet future needs; a financial audit and analysis of fees collected to demonstrate the financial integrity of its operation; and accounting of any and all occupational or public health and safety incidents at the facility including their resolution; a summary of procedures and findings used to monitor the facility to assure continued isolation of the low-level waste from the biosphere; and any other information required by the Commission. Each host state in which a closed regional facility is located shall submit to the Commission an annual report containing any information required by the Commission, including information on the financial and environmental integrity of any closed regional facility. Any report submitted pursuant to this section shall be a public document.

(d) A host state intending to close a regional facility situated within its borders shall notify the Commission, in writing, of its intention and the reasons for closure. This notification may be part of its annual report.

(1) Except in the event that temporary or permanent closure of a regional facility is necessitated by a threat to public health, safety, or the environment, notification shall be given to the Commission at least five (5) years prior to the scheduled date of closure.

(2) A host state may close or temporarily close a regional facility situated within its borders prior to its scheduled closing date for any reason justifying temporary or permanent closure. A host state shall notify the Commission, in writing, within three (3) days of its action; and shall, within thirty (30) working days, explain the need for the closure. A facility that is closed or temporarily closed shall remain closed as long as necessary for remedial action and, in any event, throughout any period of facility clean-up and stabilization.

(e) A host state may impose reasonable fees and surcharges pursuant to the provisions of § 23-19.9-10(b).

(f) To the extent not prohibited by federal law, a host state shall establish regulations for the operation of any regional facility situated within its borders.

(g) To the extent not prohibited by federal law, a host state shall require the operator of a regional facility situated within its borders to submit an initial Facility Closure Plan and annual update of the plan for host state approval. Consistent with applicable regulations, the facility closure plan and its updates shall include, but not be limited to, the following:

(1) Any geologic, hydrologic, or other facility site data pertinent to the long-term containment of low-level waste.

(2) The results of any tests, experiments, or other analysis relating to closure and sealing, waste migration, or any other tests, experiments, or analysis pertinent to the long-term containment of low-level waste within the facility.

(3) Plans for decontamination and dismantlement of facility structures and stabilization of the facility to assure long-term protection of public health, safety, and the environment.

(4) Any significant new information regarding the environmental impact of closure activities and long-term performance of the facility site.

(5) On-site contingency plans in the event of a temporary closure of the facility. The Facility Closure Plan and its updates shall be public documents. The party states and the Commission shall be afforded reasonable opportunity to review and comment on the Facility Closure Plan and its annual update.

(h) A host state shall, after consultation with the Commission, develop guidelines to be used by party states to encourage generators to implement volume and source reduction practices.

History of Section.
(P.L. 1986, ch. 300, § 1.)