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Last modified: Tuesday, March 9, 2010

John S. Applegate appointed to Nuclear and Radiation Studies Board of National Academy of Sciences

March 9, 2010

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- John S. Applegate, the Walter W. Foskett Professor of Law at the Indiana University Maurer School of Law and Indiana University vice president for planning and policy, has been appointed to the National Academy of Sciences Nuclear and Radiation Studies Board by Dr. Ralph J. Cicerone, Chairman of the National Research Council.

The NRSB is a unit of the National Academy of Sciences that organizes and oversees studies on safety, security, technical efficacy, and other policy and societal issues arising from the application of radiation-based technologies.

John Applegate

John S. Applegate

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A professor of law for more than 20 years, Applegate is a nationally known expert on environmental law, with a specialty in toxic substance and hazardous waste issues. From 1993 until 1998, he served as chair of the Fernald Citizens Advisory Board, which advised the U.S. Department of Energy on cleanup of a facility in southwest Ohio that made high-purity uranium products for the nation's nuclear weapons program during the Cold War. The toxic materials on the Fernald site were removed from the site or safely contained in an on-site storage facility. The remainder of the facility has been converted to a wildlife refuge.

Applegate also served for eight years on the Department of Energy's Environmental Management Advisory Board, chairing two board committees, and on three National Research Council/National Academy of Sciences committees advising the Department of Energy on the disposal of radioactive waste.

"I am honored to be appointed to the NRSB," Applegate said. "With its emphasis on research of the highest quality in the public service, the board's mission aligns closely with my areas of interest and experience. I look forward to contributing to the NRSB's work." Applegate's appointment extends through December 2012.

A graduate of Harvard Law School and Haverford College, Applegate joined the IU Maurer School of Law in 1998 from the University of Cincinnati College of Law, where he was the James B. Helmer Jr. Professor of Law. He spent four years in private practice and clerked for Judge Edward S. Smith of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. He has written extensively on environmental and administrative law, and has co-authored three books on toxic substances and hazardous waste, including the forthcoming The Regulation of Toxic Substances and Hazardous Wastes, 2d ed. (with Jan G. Laitos, Jeffrey M. Gaba, and Noah Sachs).

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