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DIVISION 104. ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH [106500 - 119405]

  ( Division 104 added by Stats. 1995, Ch. 415, Sec. 6. )

PART 9. RADIATION [114650 - 115342]

  ( Part 9 added by Stats. 1995, Ch. 415, Sec. 6. )

CHAPTER 9. Nuclear Powerplant Radiation [115275 - 115295]
  ( Chapter 9 added by Stats. 1995, Ch. 415, Sec. 6. )

115275.
  

It is the intent of the Legislature that in the event of a nuclear accident timely and effective communications between the operators of nuclear powerplants in California and those state and local officials charged with nuclear emergency response activities be assured.

(Added by Stats. 1995, Ch. 415, Sec. 6. Effective January 1, 1996.)

115280.
  

(a) Each privately owned and publicly owned public utility operating a nuclear powerplant with a generating capacity of 50 megawatts or more shall install an automated alert system that will activate alarms in the California State Warning Center of the Office of Emergency Services in a manner to be determined by the office in consultation with the department and the appropriate county emergency services agency. This automated alert system shall duplicate the following alarms in the control rooms of each nuclear powerplant:

(1) Safety injection actuation (operation of the emergency core cooling system).

(2) High radiation alarm of the radioactive gas effluent stack monitor.

(b) The automated alert system shall be operative within 12 months of the effective date of this chapter.

(c) In no event shall the capital costs of complying with this section exceed two hundred thousand dollars ($200,000) per nuclear powerplant. The operator of each nuclear powerplant shall be responsible for any maintenance or recurring charges. The funds expended by privately owned utilities under this section shall be allowed for ratemaking purposes by the Public Utilities Commission. Publicly owned public utilities shall include funds expended under this section in their rates.

(d) The automated alert system shall be operational whenever corresponding alarms in the control rooms of each nuclear powerplant are required to be operational under the terms of the operating license issued by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, except for periods of time required for maintenance, repair, calibration, or testing.

(e) Nothing in this section shall require plant modifications or the conduct of operations that may be in conflict with conditions of a license to operate issued by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission or other activities authorized by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

(f) The Office of Emergency Services shall make provision for immediate notification of appropriate local officials upon activation of the automated alert system pursuant to this section.

(Amended by Stats. 2013, Ch. 352, Sec. 392. Effective September 26, 2013. Operative July 1, 2013, by Sec. 543 of Ch. 352.)

115285.
  

Nothing in this chapter shall relieve nuclear powerplant operators of their responsibilities to notify local authorities as otherwise provided by law.

(Added by Stats. 1995, Ch. 415, Sec. 6. Effective January 1, 1996.)

115290.
  

Failure to comply with any provision of this chapter shall not constitute the basis for an action in a court of law or administrative proceeding to enjoin or prevent the operation or start-up of a nuclear facility.

(Added by Stats. 1995, Ch. 415, Sec. 6. Effective January 1, 1996.)

115295.
  

If the Humboldt Bay Nuclear Generating Station is not in operation on the effective date of this section, the local emergency plan for it shall not be required to meet the revised emergency response plan requirements of Section 8610.5 of the Government Code until the Nuclear Regulatory Commission determines that the powerplant meets Nuclear Regulatory Commission seismic safety criteria, or until the Nuclear Regulatory Commission issues an order rescinding the restrictions imposed on the Humboldt Bay Nuclear Generating Station in its order of May 21, 1976.

In the event that the Nuclear Regulatory Commission determines that the Humboldt Bay Nuclear Generating Station meets Nuclear Regulatory Commission seismic safety standards, or issues an order rescinding the restrictions in its order of May 21, 1976, a draft county emergency plan meeting the requirements of Section 8610.5 of the Government Code shall be submitted to the Office of Emergency Services for review within 180 days of the determination or rescission. Within 90 days after submission of the draft county emergency plan, approval of a final plan shall be completed by the Office of Emergency Services.

(Amended by Stats. 2013, Ch. 352, Sec. 393. Effective September 26, 2013. Operative July 1, 2013, by Sec. 543 of Ch. 352.)

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