U.S. Reactor Containment Technology: a Compilation of Current Practice in Analysis, Design, Construction, Test, and Operation, Volume 1 Page: 2-11
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Such agreements are contingent upon a finding by AEC that the
State's regulation and control program is adequate and compat-
ible with that of AEC.
"The criteria for compatibility of the State's program
with AEC's include the concept of comprehensiveness. This is
interpreted to mean that the State should regulate all sources
of ionizing radiation and not limit its program to the segment
which the AEC may legally transfer to the State under Public
"Twenty-seven States have authorized such Federal-State
agreements, and the Atomic Energy Commission reports that six
of these have concluded agreements, thus transferring certain
responsibilities for radiation control to Arkansas, California,
Kentucky, Mississippi, New York, and Texas.
"Southern Interstate Nuclear Compact
T"In 1958, at the 24th annual meeting of the Southern
Governors' Conference, a project was approved to create the
Nation's first regional interstate compact on atomic energy.
The Regional Advisory Council on Nuclear Energy, created by the
Governors' Conference in 1956, had recommended the Compact.
"The Southern Interstate Nuclear Compact declares that the
proper employment of nuclear energy can assist substantially in
the industrialization of the South, and that optimum benefit
from an acquisition of nuclear resources and facilities requires
systematic encouragement, guidance, and assistance from the
party States on a cooperative basis.
"The Compact creates the Southern Interstate Nuclear Board,
composed of one representative from each member State. Among
its duties, the Board is empowered to encourage the development
and use of nuclear energy facilities, and to study and recommend
changes in industrial health, safety, and other laws and regu-
lations of the party States.
"The Compact lists 16 Southern States which are eligible
to join; it was to become effective when enacted by 7 of the
States, and approved by the U. S. Congress. It went into
effect following approval of Public Law 87-563, July 31, 1962.
The following 13 States have become members: Alabama, Arkansas,
Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi,
South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and West Virginia.
"In 1963, bills proposing membership were introduced into
the legislatures of the remaining three eligible States; those
in North Carolina and Oklahoma were not passed. The Delaware
bill is still pending, as the 1963 legislative session in that
State was carried over into 1964.
"1964 Legislative Developments
"Since the foregoing analysis was made, and as this issue
goes to press, further evidence of continuing interest and
activity comes from 3 additional States. Laws were enacted
by the legislatures of Arizona and Georgia (States which
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Cottrell, William B. & Savolainen, A. W. U.S. Reactor Containment Technology: a Compilation of Current Practice in Analysis, Design, Construction, Test, and Operation, Volume 1, report, August 1965; Oak Ridge, Tennessee. (https://digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc101033/m1/97/: accessed March 24, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, https://digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.