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Maryland Manual, 1991-92
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Interstate Agencies/575


Interstate agencies enable states to work together for common purposes. Often, these agencies are
created from interstate compacts approved by the U.S. Congress. The authority for interstate compacts
is found in the U.S. Constitution (Article I, sec. 10).


Federal Co-Chairperson: Jacqueline L. Phillips
States' Co-Chairperson: Robert P. Casey, Governor
of Pennsylvania

Maryland member appointed by Secretary of Housing
& Community Development with Governor's approval:
William Donald Schaefer, Governor (Ronald M.
Kreimer, alternate)

Francis E. Moravitz, Executive Director

1666 Connecticut Ave., N.W
Washington, DC 20235 (202) 673-7893

The Appalachian Regional Commission was
created by the federal Appalachian Regional
Development Act of 1965 (EL. 89-4). To imple-
ment this act, the Governor and Board of Public
Works were authorized to appoint a State member
and an alternate to the Commission (Chapter 415,
Acts of 1965).
The Commission plans and coordinates
programs to develop the thirteen-scare Appalachian
region, which includes the Western Maryland coun-
ties of Washington, Allegany, and Garrett. Com-
mission programs include construction of a
developmental highway system, access roads,
health centers, vocational schools, and sewage
treatment works; development of land, timber, and
water resources; rehabilitation of areas damaged by
strip and surface mining; and die establishment of
local development districts to support economic
development at the local level.
The Commission's major function is to support
economic development of the Appalachian region
through allocation of federal funds to member
states. The Commission can act only on proposals
submitted to it by state members.
With the approval of the Governor, the
Secretary of Housing and Community Develop-
ment appoints the State member and alternate
(Code 1957, Art. 83B, sees. 4-501 through 4-


Maryland members appointed by Governor: two

Contact: Richard W. Collins

c/o Hazardous & Solid Waste Management
Dept. of the Environment
2500 Broening Hwy
Baltimore, MD 21224 631-3305

In 1986, Maryland repealed the Northeast In-
terstate Low-Level Radioactive Wiste Manage-
ment Compact and ratified the Appalachian Stares
Low-Level Radioactive Waste Compact (Chapter
33, Acts of 1986). The Compact provides for a
commission consisting of two members, appointed
by the governor from each party state, and five
members from each host state. Delaware, Pennsyl-
vania, and West Virginia also have ratified the Com-
pact. After anticipated Congressional approval of
the Compact, the Commission will have central
offices in Pennsylvania.
The Appalachian States Low-Level Radioactive
Waste Compact provides a framework for coopera-
tive cfForts. It assures proper packaging and
transportation of low-level wastes. For radioactive
waste disposal, the Compact identifies a host stare
(based on the volume and curie content of radioac-
tive waste generated) to receive radioactive waste
from party states; and distributes the costs and
benefits equitably among party states. The Com-
pact, after establishment of a regional facility will
ban wastes generated outside the region.
The Commission designates as a host state any
parry state that generates 25 percent or more of
Pennsylvania's volume or total curie content of
low-level radioactive waste, based on a comparison
of averages over three successive years. A party state
designated as a host scare must begin immediate
development of a regional facility designed to serve
at least thirty years. Party states exempt from host
state responsibilities continue as party states
provided they generate less than the threshold
amount of low-level radioactive waste over succes-
sive three-year periods.


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