The party states recognize that low-level radioactive wastes are generated by essential
activities and services that benefit the citizens of the states. It is further recognized that the protection of the health and safety of the citizens
of the party states and the most economical management of low-level radioactive wastes
can be accomplished through cooperation of the states in minimizing the amount of
handling and transportation required to dispose of the wastes and through the cooperation
of the states in providing facilities that serve the region. It is the policy of the party states to undertake the necessary cooperation to protect
the health and safety of the citizens of the party states and to provide for the most
economical management of low-level radioactive wastes on a continuing basis. It is the purpose of this compact to provide the means for a cooperative effort
among the party states so that the protection of the citizens of the states and the
maintenance of the viability of the states' economies will be enhanced while sharing
the responsibilities of radioactive low-level waste management.
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