4937-1-02 URSB - citizen's advisory council.

(A) The URSB, by Resolution No. 90-007, dated December 14, 1990, created the citizen's advisory council on nuclear power safety (CAC).

(B) The CAC provides an open forum for discussion of public health and safety issues associated with the operation of nuclear power plants in Ohio. The CAC assists the URSB in meeting its responsibility, under division (B)(5) of section 4937.04 of the Revised Code, to serve as a clearinghouse for recommendations made by independent organizations or private citizens and to review and investigate such recommendations.

(C) As a result of the funding provided by the utilities, as set forth in section 4937.05 of the Revised Code, the URSB may provide reimbursement for reasonable travel expenses of members of the CAC. Such reimbursement will be applied for and made in accordance with rule 126-1-02 of the Administrative Code.

(D) The URSB shall, by resolution, appoint a member of the URSB to serve as facilitator for the CAC. The role of the facilitator will be to assist the CAC with the following:

(1) Reaching consensus;

(2) Arranging meeting places and dates and preparation of agendas;

(3) Processing requests for travel reimbursement;

(4) Taking and preparing minutes; and

(5) Printing, copying, mailing, and distribution of recommendations and minutes.

(E) The URSB shall appoint members to the CAC by resolution, based upon recommendations of the URSB working group. The size of the CAC shall be determined by the URSB. Each member of the CAC shall appoint an alternate who can attend meetings in the absence of the member. The alternates' names, addresses, and telephone numbers will be provided to the URSB upon their designation. If a CAC member cannot identify an alternate, the URSB may appoint an alternate who has similar qualifications as the member. Individuals with the following backgrounds shall be considered:

(1) Not more than three citizens from the three ten-mile Ohio emergency planning zones (EPZ), who are not members in any of the following categories;

(2) Not more than three local elected officials from political jurisdictions involved in emergency planning for a nuclear power plant;

(3) A local government employee familiar with radiation safety issues from a political jurisdiction involved in emergency planning for a nuclear power plant;

(4) A representative from an environmental organization who is familiar with radiation safety issues;

(5) A health physicist;

(6) A medical expert familiar with radiation safety issues;

(7) A representative of an independent research facility engaged in any aspect of radiological health and safety research;

(8) A representative from an institution of higher education in Ohio who is teaching studies including, but not limited to, one or more of the following: environmental science, physical science, law, political science, nuclear power, or life science;

(9) A health department representative from a political jurisdiction involved in emergency planning for a nuclear power plant;

(10) A representative of the nuclear industry not directly employed by a utility company;

(11) Not more than two citizens-at-large from anywhere in Ohio;

(12) A representative from a public education system within a fifty-mile emergency planning zone in Ohio; and

(13) Not more than two student representatives attending a college or university in Ohio with background in studies including, but not limited to: environmental science, physical science, law, political science, engineering, nuclear power, or life science.

(F) Terms of appointment to the CAC shall be two years. One-half of the membership will serve a term beginning on July first of even-numbered years and the other one-half of the membership will serve a term beginning on July first of odd-numbered years. The college student representatives will serve one-year terms beginning on July first of each year.

(G) The CAC, by majority vote of its appointed members or their alternates, may select a chair and vice-chair. A majority of the appointed members of the CAC or their alternates shall constitute a quorum. No action shall be taken by the CAC without the concurrence of a majority of its appointed members or their alternates.

(H) The CAC shall meet at the call of the facilitator and at such times and locations deemed appropriate.

(I) The URSB may, at its discretion and by resolution, remove inactive members of the CAC. For purposes of this rule, "inactive member of the CAC" is defined as a member who misses two consecutive meetings of the CAC without prior notice to the chair and who has not asked their alternate to attend. The absent member shall be contacted by the chair of the CAC after each absence to determine if they still wish to serve as a member.

(J) The CAC shall submit to the URSB written minutes of its meetings within ten days after approval by the CAC. Those minutes will be maintained by the Ohio emergency management agency.

(K) Meetings of the CAC shall be open to the public. Notice of regular or special meetings will be provided in accordance with rule 4501:3-1-01 of the Administrative Code.

(L) The CAC may adopt bylaws or internal operating procedures necessary for the efficient operation of the CAC. Any bylaws or internal operating procedures shall be adopted only by a majority vote of the CAC. Notice of and copies of any such bylaws or internal operating procedures shall be provided to the URSB for consideration, revision as necessary, and approval.

Effective: 08/20/2009
R.C. 119.032 review dates: 06/05/2009 and 08/20/2014
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: R.C. 4937.04 , R.C. 121.22
Rule Amplifies: R.C. 4937.02 , R.C. 4937.04
Prior Effective Dates: 5/1/99, 12/1/01