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CHEM-NUCLEAR SYSTEMS: LOW-LEVEL RADIOACTIVE WASTE DISPOSAL FACILITY MAPS ACCURATE AT SCALE SHOWN

 HARRISBURG, Pa., Feb. 19 /PRNewswire/ -- The following was issued today by Chem-Nuclear Systems, Inc.:
 Statements released Feb. 18, 1993, that Chem-Nuclear Systems, Inc. (CNSI) has mislead the public or failed to show many areas of the state that are still under consideration for the siting of a radioactive waste disposal waste facility are absolutely false. Maps presented by CNSI in its January 1993 Site Screening Interim Report to the Department of Environmental Resources (DER) are pictorial representations of the state, showing areas containing features that are disqualified. Page 20 of that Report states clearly, "Printing of such fine detail on the 11" x 17" disqualifying maps was not possible, therefore, it is possible that small areas of sufficient size for the LLRW disposal facility site may exist within regions that appear disqualified on the attached maps." Maps are produced at a scale and in sizes usable for distribution or display to the public. Maps at these scales, showing the entire state or DER region, cannot show the same level of detail that can be provided on larger maps. The maps distributed by CNSI are fully accurate to the extent possible at the size and scale shown.
 These maps and the processes by which they have been developed were topics of discussion on February 17, 1993 in a special briefing by CNSI for the DER's Low-Level Waste Advisory Committee. The maps represent the status of disqualification work to date; disqualification is not yet complete. CNSI stated that as more detail becomes visible in larger- scale maps (showing smaller geographic areas), additional information will be provided to the public. Those features which are disqualified under the regulations will remain disqualified.
 CNSI further stated in its interim report, and DER stated in it press release, that 46 percent of the state has been disqualified, leaving 54 percent of the state eligible. The project is working with large scale maps including 7.5 minute quadrangles or "quad sheets," which display the state in detail. Approximately 900 quad sheets, measuring 24" x 36", are required to show the entire state at this detailed a scale. Display of all 900 quad sheets would require a wall approximately 60 feet high by 190 feet long. CNSI is required to use publicly available data, which is available to others as well. Some entities have requested from DER and, after paying a fee to cover the cost, received a copy of CNSI's Geographic Information System (GIS) database.
 CNSI stated that all of its work is subject to both public and regulatory scrutiny. All of the information CNSI has developed is public information, and, while very difficult to display, is available for review.
 CNSI has an extensive and active public involvement program in operation. Distribution of maps and reports as well as public meetings are only a part of this program. CNSI is carrying out its commitment to a totally open and public program for siting this facility. CNSI has fulfilled its responsibility to provide maps and reports which explain the process and the work accomplished to-date. We have listened to our Advisory Committee, DER's Low-Level Waste Advisory Committee, and the input of other individuals and groups in refining our processes and presentations and in offering and bringing information to the public around the state. Our public involvement program is designed to satisfy the needs of the greatest number of the citizens of the Commonwealth. We recognize that we will encounter opposition during the LLRW siting process and that siting activities including public involvement will be scrutinized closely.
 CNSI is the company contracted by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to site, design, construct, operate and eventually close the Pennsylvania low-level radioactive waste disposal facility. CNSI operates the LLRW disposal facility in Barnwell County, S.C., and has done so for more than 23 years with a sound environmental record and active public participation. CNSI welcomes visitors at the Barnwell site and encourages Pennsylvanians to contact neighbors of the facility to learn first-hand CNSI's dedication to open and public communication.
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 /CONTACT: Sue Luebbering-Evers, director of Public Involvement of Chem-Nuclear Systems, 717-561-1522/


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