OF THE COMMITTEE FOR THE
NORTHWEST INTERSTATE COMPACT
ON LOW LEVEL RADIOACTIVE WASTE MANAGEMENT
I. PURPOSE AND FUNCTION
The Northwest Interstate Compact on Low-Level Radioactive Waste Management
was created by its party states and ratified by Congress pursuant to federal
law. (See 99 Stats. 1860-1863.) Article V of the Compact creates and constitutes
the Compact Committee. As a general matter, the Committee is charged with
considering matters relating to the management of low-level radioactive waste in
the party states, including review and comment on regulations adopted by the
party states. The Compact authorizes the Committee to enter into arrangements
with states, Provinces, individual generators, or regional Compact entities
outside the region for access to facilities in the region on such terms and
conditions as the Committee may deem appropriate, subject to requirements set
forth in the Compact.
II. COMMITTEE COMPOSITION AND MEMBERSHIP
The party states of the Northwest Interstate Compact on low-level Radioactive
Waste are the states of Alaska, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Utah,
Washington, and Wyoming. The governor of each state shall designate one official
of that state as the person responsible for administration of the Compact. The
officials so designated shall together comprise and constitute the Compact
committee. The governor of each party state may designate an alternate to serve
when the regular representative is unavailable.
To the extent consistent with the governor's instructions, alternate members
may participate and vote in the same manner as regular members of the Committee.
Questions about the authority of any person to represent a state on the
Committee shall be resolved by the governor of the state in question.
III. DUTIES OF THE CHAIR
The chair of the Committee shall be the Committee member from the State of
Washington. The chair shall ordinarily preside at all committee meetings, but
may from time to time designate another person to preside when the chair is
absent or unavailable. If, during any meeting or any portion of a meeting, the
chair is absent and fails to designate any person to preside, those members
present and constituting a quorum may select a temporary chair to serve until
the chair is ready to preside. The chair may appoint subcommittees with the
concurrence of the Committee. To the extent consistent with the Compact and with
the policies approved by the Committee, the chair is authorized to represent the
Committee in official proceedings, to sign and send correspondence on behalf of
the Committee, to sign contracts on behalf of the Committee when authorized to
do so by Committee action, and to work with the designated Committee staff in
carrying out the administrative duties of the Committee.
IV. COMMITTEE DUTIES
The Committee shall:
A. Monitor the status of the Compact.
B. Review the low-level radioactive waste regulations of the party states.
C. Periodically review the requirements of the Compact and report to the
governor and legislature of each party state concerning matters of importance.
D. Establish policy through the adoption of resolutions and motions, and
through agreements with other compacts and states.
E. Review Compact proposals formulated in other regions and comment on the
impact of those compacts in the northwest region.
F. Advise or consult with any party state in interpreting the Compact and its
G. Provide guidance on disposal practices of any of the states in the region
which host low-level radioactive waste disposal facilities.
H. Approve requests in accordance with Article V of the Compact for the
shipment of waste to the Northwest Compact region from other regions and
individual states, on such terms as are set forth in the Compact.
I. Advise party states on funding or other assistance which states.
J. Establish its own internal rules and procedures as may be necessary.
K. Authorize the chair and/or the staff to sign agreements and correspondence
on behalf of the Compact.
L. Serve as liaison among the party states, and between the northwest region
and other compacts, regions, and governments concerning low-level radioactive
A. The Committee shall meet at least once in each calendar year, and at such
additional times as the Committee may determine. The Chair, in consultation with
the Committee, shall designate the times and locations of its regular and
special meetings, and may authorize the staff to make detailed arrangements for
the conduct of meetings.
B. The requirements for the conduct of Committee meetings shall be
established in a policy adopted by the Committee for that purpose and revised
from time to time as necessary.
C. Robert's Rules of Order shall be used for the conduct of Committee
business, except as otherwise provided for under the Compact, under these
bylaws, or under Committee resolutions.
A. To conduct Committee business, a majority of the committee members (or
their properly designated alternates) must be present. Informality in the
conduct of a meeting shall not be the basis of a challenge to any action taken
if a majority agree on the nature of the action taken.
B. Each state shall cast one vote on all motions and other business coming
before the Committee. The vote of a state shall be cast by the state's
representative on the Committees if present, unless the governor of the state
has designated another person to cast the state's vote.
C. The chair shall be entitled to vote on all motions and other business
coming before the Committee.
D. Unless the Compact specifies otherwise: 1) Resolutions of the Committee
will be adopted by the affirmative vote of two thirds of the members present and
constituting a quorum; 2) Committee approval to enter into an arrangement, as
specified in Article V of the Compact, will be by the affirmative vote of two
thirds of all members, including the affirmative vote of the member of any party
state in which a facility affected by the arrangement is located; and 3) For all
other actions of the Committee, an action may be taken by a majority vote of
those members present and constituting a quorum, however, the Committee shall
not adopt or change policies or undertake legal obligations without the
affirmative vote of at least four members.
The chair and the Committee staff will develop the agenda for each meeting,
such agenda to be distributed to all Committee members in advance of the
meeting. At any regularly scheduled meeting of the Committee, the agenda may be
revised to include discussion and action on any matter which may lawfully come
before the committee.
VIll. COMMITTEE STAFF
The State of Washington will supply staff services to the Compact Committee.
Other party states may supply incidental staff services to the Committee, to the
extent consistent with the Compact and with the laws of those states.
IX. INTERPRETATION OF BYLAWS-CONFLICT WITH COMPACT
These bylaws will be liberally construed to carry out the assigned functions
of the Committee, without respect to technical formal requirements. These bylaws
are not intended to supersede the Compact or any federal or state law.
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