Information report on state legislation

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Title:
Information report on state legislation
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v. : ; 28 cm.
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English
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U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission -- Office of State Programs
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The Office
Place of Publication:
Washington, D.C.
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monthly
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Nuclear power plants -- Law and legislation -- States -- Periodicals -- United States   ( lcsh )
Radioactive waste disposal -- Law and legislation -- States -- Periodicals -- United States   ( lcsh )
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Statement of Responsibility:
Office of State Programs, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
Dates or Sequential Designation:
-v.10, no. 7 (Dec. 1984)
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Monthly Catalog Number: gp 86003638
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Title from caption.
General Note:
"NUREG/BR-0025."
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Description based on: Vol. 9, no. 6 (July 1983)

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Legislation
OFFICE OF STATE PROGRAMS
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September 1, 1982


Except for a few stragglers, these will probably be the last of the
bills (not including carry-overs) that will be reported for the 1982
legislative session. Prefiled 1983 bills should start arriving in
September, and will be published beginning with the next issue.
The last in a series of three symposia on low-level radioactive waste
disposal focusing on the proposed NRC rule 10 CFR Part 61 will be held
September 29 and 30, 1982, at the Holiday Inn-Capitol in Washington,
D.C. The symposia will be sponsored by NRC and Oak Ridge National
Laboratory. Discussions will center on methods of site design, construction
and operations to keep the potential of radiation exposure as low as
reasonably achievable and procedures that increase long-term site stability.
The Coalition of Northeastern Governors (CONEG) will hold a meeting on
September 30 and October 1, 1982, at the Hilton in Albany, N.Y. to
discuss the development of the Northeast Interstate Low-Level Radioactive
Waste Compact. Tentative agenda items will include review of NRC
comments, waste volume projections, public input, and general discussion
aiming for final amendments to the draft compact.
The Conference of Radiation Control Program Directors (CRCPD) has been
issued a grant by DOE for the collection of data on the State-by-
State generation of low-level waste. NRC has been asked to cooperate on
this project by providing information on licensed generators in non-
agreement States, and will be represented at an initial meeting concerning
the grant in Louisville, Kentucky on September 20-23, 1982.


U.S. Senator Gorton (R-WA) introduced S.2829, a bill
of Congress to the Northwest Interstate Compact on L
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Low-Level Waste Compacts


Public Utilities

Maryland S-329
Ohio S-378


Kansas H-2810


Energy Offices

Kansas H-3156
Kentucky S-174


Radiation


Maryland H-432
Pennsylvania H-2612


Environmental Controls


Insurance


Hawaii HR-247
Louisiana H-982


High-Level Waste

Louisiana H-1330


New York S-10119


Power Plants

Idaho HJM-19


Radioactive Waste Disposal
and Financial Management


General


Illinois S-1419


California SJR-27
Louisiana H-1337
Maryland S-31
Michigan H-5866
New Hampshire H-26


Initiatives


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ENACTED LEGISLATION


ILLINOIS

Appropriations S-1419. Makes appropriations for the expenses of the
Department of Nuclear Safety for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 1982.
(Enacted 7/22/82.)


KANSAS

Central Interstate Low-Level Waste Commission H-2810. Establishes the
advisory board on low-level radioactive waste. The board will consult
with and advise the State's representative to the Compact Commission
concerning technical and policy matters. Designates the Secretary of
the Department of Health and Environment to be the member of the Central
Interstate Low-Level Radioactive Waste Commission representing the
State. Prohibits approval of any application for a radioactive waste
disposal facility license unless the State has entered into an interstate
compact which regulates management of low-level waste. (Enacted 4/7/82.)

Energy Advisory Council H-3156. Establishes the Energy Advisory Council
within the Kansas energy office empowered to approve any amendments to
the State Energy Conservation Plan which are required by DOE or other
federal agencies for participation in the State Energy Conservation
Program. Details membership requirements and administrative procedures.
(Enacted 5/7/82.)


KENTUCKY

Department of Energy Reorganization S-174. Establishes three bureaus
within the Department of Energy: The Bureau of Energy Research and
Development, the Bureau of Energy Production and Utilization and the
Bureau of Energy Conservation and Distribution. Their duties respectively,
are:

1) Conducting and coordinating energy research and development activities
concerning coal, fossil fuels, organic fuels, and other renewable
energy resources;
2) Insuring the increased production of fossil fuels and expanded use
of domestic energy sources;
3) Conducting research on the impact of current and future energy
supply and demand, performing research on transportation and other
areas of fossil fuel production, conducting energy audits of
educational facilities and implementing State energy conservation
plans. (Enacted 4/1/82.)






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LOUISIANA

Environmental Protection H-982. Allows the Office of Environmental
Affairs to conduct inspections and investigations of facilities which
use or control radioactive waste. Inspections may be made at least once
per year. Describes enforcement procedures and penalties for violations.
(Enacted 7/22/82.)

Salt Dome Disposal H-1330. Prohibits tests to determine the suitability
of geologic structures for disposal of radioactive waste without written
approval.. This excludes tests made by DOE pursuant to the February 27,
1978 agreement with the State. The agreement allows testing in the
Vacherie and Rayburn salt domes, provided that no repository will be
constructed if the State objects. (Enacted 8/4/82.)


MARYLAND

Low-Level Waste Disposal S-31. Changes the offense for the illegal
disposal of hazardous substances or low-level nuclear waste from a
misdemeanor to a felony. Raises the fine upon conviction from $25,000
to $100,000 and changes the imprisonment term from three to five years.
(Enacted 6/1/82.)

Surcharges S-329. Alters the maximum surcharge that may be imposed per
kilowatt hour of energy generated in the State. The full amount of the
surcharge may be added to customers' bills. Revenues will be placed in
the Environmental Trust Fund. (Enacted 5/20/82; effective July 1,
1982.)

Radiation Title Violations H-432. Alters criminal penalties and civil
penalties for violations of the radiation title, and rules promulgated
under the title. Civil penalties will not exceed $5,000, and criminal
penalties (misdemeanors) are punishable by a fine of $10,000 or imprisonment
for one year. (Enacted 6/1/82.)


NEW HAMPSHIRE

Task Force on Waste Management H-26. Establishes a new task force on
radioactive waste management. The task force is designated as the
permanent point of contact in the State for all matters relating to
radioactive waste management. The task force will study different
methods for the disposal of low-level radioactive waste generated
within the State. Before December 1, 1982, the task force will submit
a State plan and a report as to how the State should manage its low-
level radioactive waste, including a proposed siting process for low-
level waste facilities. (Enacted 4/30/82.)






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NEW YORK

Liability Insurance S-10119. Omits the clause in the insurance laws,
under "personal injury liability insurance," that says all policies
except those covering certain nuclear facilities and those purchased to
fulfill financial requirements expressly exclude liability arising out
of contamination caused by discharge of pollutants and irritants unless
the discharge is sudden and accidental. (Enacted 7/27/82.)


OHIO

Public Utilities Commission S-378. Prohibits a former commissioner
of the Public Utilities Commission from representing a public utility
before any State agency for 24 months after the conclusion of his
service. Requires utility owners to submit a long-term forecast report
of energy demands, peak load, reserves and information on projected or
terminated facilities. Describe public hearing requirements. (Enacted
6/1/82.)


INTRODUCED LEGISLATION


LOUISIANA

Waste Disposal H-1337. Prohibits individuals from storing or disposing
of any source of radiation and provides criteria for assessing penalties.
(Died as of adjournment 7/12/82.)


MICHIGAN

Radioactive Waste Disposal H-5866. Prohibits the acquisition by the
United States government of any Michigan land for the purpose of storing
or dumping radioactive material. (Introduced 6/17/82.;


PENNSYLVANIA

Radiation Protection H-2612. Establishes a radiation protection program
in the Department of Environmental Resources. Also, authorizes the
Governor to enter into agreements with federal agencies for the State to
assume licensure, regulation and control of radiation sources and users
of radiation sources. Maintains an emergency response capability within
the Department which would respond to accidents at nuclear power plants.
(Introduced 8/5/82.)






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INTRODUCED RESOLUTIONS


CALIFORNIA

Radioactive Waste Disposal SJR-27. Requests Congress and the President
to ban all radioactive waste disposal on offshore California. The
measure would propose an international treaty to prohibit disposal of
radioactive waste in the Pacific. The newest amendment requests the
Pacific States and the U.S. Pacific Territories to join the State in
opposing all radioactive waste disposal in the Pacific, and invites them
to attend meetings in Monterey, California on November 15-17, 1982, to
plan common strategy for this opposition. (Adopted 8/16/82.)


ADOPTED RESOLUTIONS


HAWAII

Radiological Monitoring HR-247. Requests the Department of Health to
continue its efforts in the monitoring of radiological pollutants in the
environment. The monitoring should at least evaluate the environmental
effects of gamma radiation and should be conducted no less than semi-
annually. (Adopted 4/23/82.)


IDAHO

Standardizing Nuclear Reactors HJM-19. Urges DOE and NRC to initiate a
program at the Idaho Engineering Laboratory to cut costs and standardize
designs, and to design and standardize a low-cost nuclear reactor plant
in the 500 MW range. (Adopted 3/24/82.)


INITIATIVES


WASHINGTON

Radioactive Waste Prohibition 383. Prohibits transportation of non-
medical radioactive waste into the State after July 1, 1981 for the
purpose of temporary, interim, or permanent storage. Allows for the
regional storage of radioactive waste through an interstate compact.
Provides penalties. (Approved by voters 11/4/80; Federal injunction
halted implementation of ban State appealed 7/1/81; 9th Circuit Court
of Appeals overturned ban, ruling that it violates the supremacy and
commerce clauses of the U.S. Constitution 8/17/82.)



































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