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SJR-11 Spent Fuel Prioritization Act of 2019.(2019-2020)

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Amended  IN  Assembly  March 09, 2020
Amended  IN  Assembly  September 09, 2019
Amended  IN  Senate  August 29, 2019

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2019–2020 REGULAR SESSION

Senate Joint Resolution
No. 11


Introduced by Senators Bates and Monning
(Coauthors: Assembly Members Boerner Horvath, Brough, and Cunningham)

August 12, 2019


Relative to the Spent Fuel Prioritization Act of 2019.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


SJR 11, as amended, Bates. Spent Fuel Prioritization Act of 2019.
This measure would urge the Congress and the President of the United States Department of Energy to enact the federal Spent Fuel Prioritization Act of 2019 and urge the United States Department of Energy to implement the prompt and safe relocation of spent nuclear fuel from the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station and the Diablo Canyon nuclear powerplant. specified nuclear facilities in the state to a licensed and regulated interim consolidated storage facility. The measure would also urge the department to determine and finalize a permanent location for spent nuclear fuel from California nuclear facilities.
Fiscal Committee: NO  

WHEREAS, Millions of ratepayer and taxpayer dollars are spent monitoring and overseeing spent nuclear fuel each year and millions of dollars more are programmed to be spent on settlement payments related to nuclear waste disposal; and
WHEREAS, Much of the spent nuclear fuel and high-level radioactive waste is currently stored at sites that are vulnerable to natural disasters and located near large metropolitan centers; centers throughout the state; and
WHEREAS, For the safety, security, and well-being of the nation, spent nuclear fuel should be consolidated pending the disposal of the spent nuclear fuel to a high-level radioactive waste repository; and
WHEREAS, The Humboldt Bay Power Plant is a decommissioning nuclear powerplant located in the County of Humboldt; and
WHEREAS, The Rancho Seco Nuclear Generating Station is a decommissioned nuclear powerplant located in the County of Sacramento; and
WHEREAS, The Diablo Canyon nuclear powerplant powerplant, located in the County of San Luis Obispo, is a scheduled to begin decommissioning nuclear powerplant located in an area of great seismic hazard; at the termination of its operating license in 2024–25; and
WHEREAS, The Diablo Canyon nuclear powerplant should be one of the highest priority sites in the nation for spent nuclear fuel removal; is located in an area of significant seismic activity; and
WHEREAS, Over 9,000,000 people live within 50 miles of the decommissioning San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station, which is located in an area with some of the greatest seismic hazard in the country; and

WHEREAS, The San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station should be one of the highest priority sites in the nation for spent nuclear fuel removal; and

WHEREAS, A bill introduced in the United States House of Representatives, H.R. 2995, known as the Spent Fuel Prioritization Act of 2019, would give priority to removal of high-level radioactive waste or spent nuclear fuel based on whether a reactor is decommissioned or decommissioning, local seismic hazard, and the population of the area; now, therefore, be it

WHEREAS, Removal of spent nuclear fuel from areas prone to seismic activity should be one of the highest priorities; now, therefore, be it
Resolved by the Senate and the Assembly of the State of California, jointly, That the Legislature of the State of California respectfully urges the Congress and the President of the United States to enact H.R. 2995, as introduced on May 23, 2019; United States Department of Energy to implement the prompt and safe relocation of spent nuclear fuel from California nuclear facilities to a licensed and regulated interim consolidated storage facility; and be it further
Resolved, That the Legislature of the State of California respectfully urges the United States Department of Energy to implement the prompt and safe relocation of spent nuclear fuel from the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station and the Diablo Canyon nuclear powerplant; determine and finalize a permanent location for the spent nuclear fuel from California facilities; and be it further
RESOLVED, That the Legislature respectfully supports federal legislation with those initiatives; and be it further
Resolved, That the Secretary of the Senate transmit copies of this resolution to the President of the United States, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, the Majority Leader of the Senate, each Senator and Representative from California in the Congress of the United States, and the Secretary of Energy.