Office of Executive Director

Nuclear Advisory Council

The Council is charged with advising the Governor on numerous issues pertaining to the nuclear industry in South Carolina, including the Atlantic Compact, the Barnwell commercial low-level radioactive waste disposal facility, the Savannah River Site, and others.

Statute to Establish Council
Article 9 / Governor's Nuclear Advisory Council
Section 13-7-810. There is hereby established a Governor's Nuclear Advisory Council which shall be responsible to and report to the Governor.

Section 13-7-820. The duties of the council, in addition to such other duties as may be requested by the Governor, shall be:

(1) to provide advice and recommendations to the Governor on issues involving the use, handling, and management of the transportation, storage, or disposal of nuclear materials within South Carolina, or such use, handling, transportation, storage, or disposal of nuclear materials outside of the State which may affect the public health, welfare, safety, and environment of the citizens of South Carolina;

(2) to provide advice and recommendations to the Governor regarding matters pertaining to the Atlantic Compact Commission;

(3) to provide advice and recommendations to the Governor regarding the various programs of the United States Department of Energy pertaining to nuclear waste;

(4) to meet at the call of the chair or at a minimum twice a year.

Section 13-7-830. The recommendations described in Section 13-7-620 shall be made available to the General Assembly, the Governor, and the Budget and Control Board.

Section 13-7-840. The council shall consist of nine members. One at-large member shall be appointed by the Speaker of the House of Representatives and one at-large member shall be appointed by the President of the Senate. Seven members shall be appointed by the Governor with the advice and consent of the Senate as follows: Two shall be actively involved in the area of environmental protection; one shall have experience in the generation of power by nuclear means; one shall have experience in the field of nuclear activities other than power generation; two shall be scientists or engineers from the faculties of institutions of higher learning in the State; and one shall be from the public at large. The terms of the members of the council appointed by the Governor shall be co-terminus with that of the appointing Governor, but they shall serve at the pleasure of the Governor.

Vacancies of the council shall be filled in the manner of the original appointment.

Section 13-7-850. The Governor shall designate the chairman from the membership. When on business of the council, members shall be entitled to receive such compensation as provided by law for boards and commissions.

Section 13-7-860. Staff support for the council shall be provided by the State Energy Office."
 

Disclaimer: The members of the Governor’s Nuclear Advisory Council are appointed by the Governor and serve in accordance with the provisions of Section 13-7-810 of the South Carolina Code of Laws. The Council is independent of the South Carolina Department of Administration, and its views do not necessarily reflect those of the South Carolina Department of Administration.