Southern States Energy Board

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The Southern States Energy Board (SSEB) is a multi-state regional organization created by an interstate compact approved by sixteen states and two United States territories, committed to promote economic development and quality of life in the southern United States through innovations in energy and the environment. Constituent members include Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, United States Virgin Islands, Virginia, and West Virginia.

Early history[edit]

The creation of the SSEB can be traced to the Southern Governors Conference meeting in Point Clear, Alabama, which on October 20, 1955 approved the "Point Clear Plan" whereby Southern states would coordinate the possible development of civilian uses of nuclear energy in the region. The agreement led to Florida Governor LeRoy Collins convening a preliminary energy conference on January 25, 1956 in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. Also attended by Tennessee Governor Frank Clement, representatives of fifteen Southern and Border states, as well as nuclear energy experts, additional meetings were held at Raleigh, North Carolina, Aiken, South Carolina and a March 1, 1956 meeting in Miami, Florida. Under the auspices of the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB), Gov. Collins convened a "Work Conference on Nuclear Energy at Redington Beach, Florida on August 1, 1956, which urged Southern governors to create "statewide atomic energy citizens advisory committees".

These efforts resulted in the creation of a Regional Advisory Council on Nuclear Energy" (RACNE), which first convened in Atlanta on Feb. 1-2, 1957 with representatives from 14 states in attendance. Administrative support for the Council, originally provided by SREB, was transferred to the Council of State Governments's regional office.

By September 1961, with eight states having ratified a RACNE-drafted proposed interstate compact, RACNE became the "Southern Interstate Nuclear Board" (SINB), the precursor to the SSEB, which then was officially sanctioned by enactment of Public Law 87-563, filed by Senator Albert Gore, Sr., of Tennessee and signed into law by President John F. Kennedy on July 31, 1962.

Leaders of the Organization[edit]

Southern Interstate Nuclear Board

Frank Norton 1961-62, 1962–63, 1963–64

Lawrence R. Quarles 1964-65, 1965–66

John B. Breckinridge 1966-67

John J. McKetta, Jr. 1967, 68

Victor S. Johnson, Jr. 1968-69, 1969–70

Daniel S. Eppelsheimer 1970-71, 1971–72

Howard R. Drew 1972-73

Don S. Smith 1973-74

Peter J. Chenery 1974-75

Pete B. Turnham 1975-76, 1976–77, 1977–78

Southern States Energy Board

Lamar E. Priester, Jr. 1978-79, 1979–80

Sam Hammons 1980-81

• Gov. John Y. Brown, Jr. 1981-82

• Gov. David C. Treen 1982-83, 1983–84

• Gov. Mark White 1984, 1984–85

• Gov. Martha Layne Collins 1985-86

• Gov. Gerald L. Baliles 1986-87

• Gov. Arch A. Moore, Jr. 1987-88

• Gov. Henry Bellmon 1988-89

• Gov. Bob Martinez 1989-90

• Gov. Carroll A. Campbell, Jr. 1990-91

• Gov. David Walters 1991-92

• Gov. Lawton Chiles 1992-93

• Gov. Jim Guy Tucker 1993-94

• Gov. Brereton C. Jones 1994-95

• Gov. Pedro J. Rosselló 1995-96

• Gov. Kirk Fordice 1996-97

• Gov. Cecil B. Underwood 1997-98

• Gov. Frank Keating 1998-99

• Gov. James S. Gilmore 1999-2000

• Gov. Jim Hodges 2000-01

• Gov. Ronnie Musgrove 2001-02

• Gov. Bob Wise 2002-03, 2003–04

• Gov. Ernie Fletcher 2004-05, 2005–06

• Gov. Joe Manchin, III 2006-07, 2007–08, 2009–10

• Gov. Sonny Perdue 2008-09



Southern States Energy Board: A Golden Anniversary History of Service to the Southern Region, by Dr. Canter Brown, Jr. and Kenneth J. Nemeth, Published 2010 by Southern States Energy Board, ISBN 978-0-615-38187-9