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Hazardous and Low-Level Radioactive Waste Management and Disposal

RESOLVED, That the North Carolina Medical Society supports safe and effective disposal of hazardous and low-level radioactive waste to assure protection of public health including:

  1. Periodic review by the State of comprehensive hazardous and low-level radioactive waste management plans and urging that the permitting by the State of any hazardous or low-level radioactive hazardous waste disposal facility be consistent with any such plans;
  2. Monitoring the environmental and public health impact of all hazardous waste and low-level radioactive waste treatment or storage facilities in North Carolina;
  3. Communicating with the public about the results of such monitoring;
  4. Assisting appropriate regulatory authorities in the State’s health and environmental protection agencies seeking strong regulation and strict supervision of hazardous and low-level radioactive facilities;
  5. Supporting source reduction, recycling, and the pursuit of safer treatment alternatives that maximize environmental and human health; and
  6. Educating physicians on worker and community health implications of hazardous and low-level radioactive waste management.

(Substitute Resolution 14-1990, adopted as amended 11/10/90)(revised, Report Q-2000, Item 38, adopted 11/12/00)
(revised, Report R-2006, Item 36, adopted 10/29/2006)
(reaffirmed, Report H-2011, Item 3-23, adopted 10/23/2011)
(reaffirmed, Board Report-2018, Item 40, adopted 11/3/2018)