RADIOACTIVE WASTE MANAGEMENT ASSOCIATES
Dr. Marvin Resnikoff, PhD
University of Michigan -- Ann Arbor, Michigan
is Senior Associate at
Radioactive Waste Management Associates and is an international consultant on
radioactive waste management issues. He is Principal Manager at Associates and
is Project Director for dose reconstruction and risk assessment studies of
radioactive waste facilities and transportation of radioactive materials. Dr.
Resnikoff has concentrated exclusively on radioactive waste issues since 1974.
He has conducted studies on the remediation and closure of the leaking Maxey
Flats, Kentucky radioactive landfill for Maxey Flats Concerned Citizens, Inc.
and of the leaking uranium basin on the NMI/Starmet site in Concord,
Massachusetts under grants from the Environmental Protection Agency. He also
conducted studies of the Wayne and Maywood, New Jersey thorium Superfund sites
and proposed low-level radioactive waste facilities at Martinsville (Illinois),
Boyd County (Nebraska), Wake County (North Carolina), Ward Valley (California)
and Hudspeth County (Texas). He has conducted several studies of transportation
accident risks and probabilities for the State of Nevada and several Nevada
counties and dose reconstruction studies of oil pipe cleaners in Mississippi and
Louisiana, residents of Canon City, Colorado near a former uranium mill,
residents of West Chicago, Illinois near a former thorium processing plant, and
residents and former workers at a thorium processing facility in Maywood, New
Jersey. In West Chicago he calculated exposures and risks due to thorium
contamination and served as an expert witness for plaintiffs A Muzzey, S Bryan,
D Schroeder and assisted counsel for plaintiffs KL West and KA West. He is
presently serving as an expert witness for plaintiffs in Karnes County, Texas,
who were exposed to radioactivity from uranium mining and milling activities.
He also evaluated radiation exposures and risks in worker compensation cases
involving G Boeni and M Talitsch, former workers at Maywood Chemical Works
thorium processing plant. He recently completed work on several major personal
injury cases involving former uranium mines and mills in South Texas. In June
2000, he was appointed to a Blue Ribbon Panel on Alternatives to Incineration by
DOE Secretary Bill Richardson.
Under a contract with the State of Utah, Dr.
Resnikoff is a technical consultant to DEQ on the proposed dry cask storage
facility for high-level waste at Skull Valley, Utah and proposed
storage/transportation casks. He is assisting the State on licensing
proceedings before the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. In addition, at hearings
before state commissions and in federal court, he has investigated proposed dry
storage facilities at the Point Beach (WI), Prairie Island (MN) and Palisades
(MI) reactors. He is also presently preparing studies on transportation risks
and consequences for the State of Nevada and Clark and White Pine Counties.
In Canada, he has conducted studies on behalf of
the Coalition of Environmental Groups and Northwatch for hearings before the
Ontario Environmental Assessment Board on issues involving radioactive waste in
the nuclear fuel cycle and Elliot Lake tailings and the Interchurch Uranium
Coalition in Environmental Impact Statement hearings before a Federal panel
regarding the environmental impact of uranium mining in Northern Saskatchewan.
He has also worked on behalf of the Morningside Heights Consortium regarding
radium-contaminated soil in Malvern and on behalf of Northwatch regarding
decommissioning the Elliot Lake tailings area before a FEARO panel. He
conducted a study for Concerned Citizens of Manitoba regarding transportation of
irradiated fuel to a Canadian high-level waste repository.
He was formerly Research Director of the Radioactive Waste Campaign, a public
interest organization conducting research and public education on the
radioactive waste issue. His duties with the Campaign included directing the
research program on low-level commercial and military waste and irradiated
nuclear fuel transportation, writing articles, fact sheets and reports,
formulating policy and networking with numerous environmental and public
interest organizations and the media. He is author of the Campaign's book on
"low-level" waste, Living Without Landfills, and co-author of the
Campaign's book, Deadly Defense, A Citizen Guide to Military Landfills.
Between 1981 and 1983, Dr. Resnikoff was a Project Director at the Council on Economic Priorities, a New York-based non-profit research organization, where he authored the 390-page study, The Next Nuclear Gamble, Transportation and Storage of Nuclear Waste. The CEP study details the hazard of transporting irradiated nuclear fuel and outlines safer options.
February 1976, assisted by four engineering students at State University of New
York at Buffalo, Dr. Resnikoff authored a paper that changed the direction of
power reactor decommissioning in the United States. His paper showed that power
reactors could not be entombed for long enough periods to allow the
radioactivity to decay to safe enough levels for unrestricted release. The
presence of long-lived radionuclides meant that large volumes of dismantled
reactors would still have to go to low-level waste disposal facilities. He has
assisted public interest groups NECNP and CAN on the decommissioning of the
Yankee-Rowe and Haddam Neck reactors, and is presently serving as a technical
consultant and expert witness in NRC hearings on the License Termination Plan
for Haddam Neck.
Dr. Resnikoff is an international expert in nuclear
waste management, and has testified often before State Legislatures and the U.S.
Congress. He has extensively investigated the safety of the West Valley, New
York and Barnwell, South Carolina nuclear fuel reprocessing facilities. His
paper on reprocessing economics (Environment, July/August, 1975) was the first
to show the marginal economics of recycling plutonium. He completed a more
detailed study on the same subject for the Environmental Protection Agency,
"Cost/Benefits of U/Pu Recycle," in 1983. His paper on decommissioning nuclear
reactors (Environment, December, 1976) was the first to show that reactors would
remain radioactive for hundreds of thousands of years.
Dr. Resnikoff has prepared reports on incineration
of radioactive materials, transportation of irradiated fuel and plutonium,
reprocessing, and management of low-level radioactive waste. He has served as
an expert witness in state and federal court cases and agency proceedings. He
has served as a consultant to the State of Kansas on low-level waste management,
to the Town of Wayne, New Jersey, in reviewing the cleanup of a local thorium
waste dump, to WARD on disposal of radium wastes in Vernon, New Jersey, to the
Southwest Research and Information Center and New Mexico Attorney General on
shipments of plutonium-contaminated waste to the WIPP facility in New Mexico and
the State of Utah on nuclear fuel transport. He has served as a consultant to
the New York Attorney General on air shipments of plutonium through New York's
Kennedy Airport, and transport of irradiated fuel through New York City, and to
the Illinois Attorney General on the expansion of the spent fuel pools at the
Morris Operation and the Zion reactor, to the Idaho Attorney General on the
transportation of irradiated submarine fuel to the INEL facility in Idaho and to
the Alaska Attorney General on shipments of plutonium through Alaska. He was an
invited speaker at the 1976 Canadian meeting of the American Nuclear Society to
discuss the risk of transporting plutonium by air. As part of an international
team of experts for the State of Lower Saxony, the Gorleben International
Review, he reviewed the plans of the nuclear industry to locate a reprocessing
and waste disposal operation at Gorleben, West Germany. He presented evidence
at the Sizewell B Inquiry on behalf of the Town and Country Planning Association
(England) on transporting nuclear fuel through London. In July and August 1989,
he was an invited guest of Japanese public interest groups, Fishermen's
Cooperatives and the Japanese Congress Against A- and H- Bombs (Gensuikin).
Between 1974 and 1981, he was a lecturer at Rachel Carson College, an undergraduate environmental studies division of the State University of New York at Buffalo, where he taught energy and environmental courses. The years 1975-1977 he also worked for the New York Public Interest Group (NYPIRG).
In 1973, Dr. Resnikoff was a Fulbright lecturer in
particle physics at the Universidad de Chile in Santiago, Chile. From 1967 to
1973, he was an Assistant Professor of Physics at the State University of New
York at Buffalo. He has written numerous papers in particle physics, under
grants from the National Science Foundation. He is a 1965 graduate of the
University of Michigan with a Doctor of Philosophy in Theoretical Physics,
specializing in group theory and particle physics.