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First Substitute H.B. 237

Representative Darin G. Peterson proposes the following substitute bill:





Sponsor: Kory M. Holdaway

             6      This act modifies the Environmental Quality Code by providing that the Legislature
             7      shall, prior to approval of any facility to accept class B or C radioactive waste, consider
             8      and take into account any legislative studies regarding this waste.
             9      This act affects sections of Utah Code Annotated 1953 as follows:
             10      AMENDS:
             11          19-3-105, as last amended by Chapter 188, Laws of Utah 1994
             12      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             13          Section 1. Section 19-3-105 is amended to read:
             14           19-3-105. Legislative and gubernatorial approval required -- B and C low-level
             15      radioactive waste prohibited.
             16          (1) (a) A person may not own, construct, modify, or operate any facility for the purpose
             17      of commercially transferring, storing, decaying in storage, treating, or disposing of radioactive
             18      waste without first submitting and receiving the approval of the board for a radioactive material
             19      license for the facility.
             20          (b) A person may not construct a new commercial radioactive waste transfer, storage,
             21      decay in storage, treatment, or disposal facility until:
             22          (i) the requirements of Section 19-3-104 have been met;
             23          (ii) in addition and subsequent to the approval required in Subsection (1)(a), the
             24      governor has approved the facility, and the Legislature [have] has approved the facility, but
             25      only after it evaluates and takes into account the information described in Subsection (6) if the

             26      facility is to accept class B or C radioactive waste, or both; and
             27          (iii) local planning and zoning has authorized the facility.
             28          (c) For purposes of this section, the following items shall be treated as submission of a
             29      new license application:
             30          (i) the submission of a revised application specifying a different geographic site than a
             31      previously submitted application;
             32          (ii) an application for amendment of a commercial radioactive waste license for
             33      transfer, storage, decay in storage, treatment, or disposal facilities, including incinerators, if the
             34      construction would cost 50% or more of the cost of construction of the original transfer,
             35      storage, decay in storage, treatment, or disposal facility or the modification would result in an
             36      increase in capacity or throughput of a cumulative total of 50% of the total capacity or
             37      throughput which was approved in the facility license as of January 1, 1990, or the initial
             38      approval facility license if the initial license approval is subsequent to January 1, 1990; or
             39          (iii) any request for approval for a commercial radioactive waste transfer, storage,
             40      decay in storage, treatment, or disposal facility to receive class B or class C low-level
             41      radioactive waste, including the submission of a new license application, revised license
             42      application, or major license amendment.
             43          (2) A person need not obtain gubernatorial or legislative approval for the construction
             44      of a radioactive waste facility for which a license application has been approved by the
             45      Department of Health or submitted to the federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission and to the
             46      Department of Health for approval before January 1, 1990, and which has been determined, on
             47      or before October 31, 1990, by the Department of Health to be complete in accordance with
             48      state and federal requirements.
             49          (3) The board shall suspend acceptance of further applications for commercial
             50      radioactive waste facilities upon a finding that they cannot adequately oversee existing and
             51      additional radioactive waste facilities for license compliance, monitoring, and enforcement.
             52      The board shall report the suspension to the Legislative Management Committee.
             53          (4) The board shall review each proposed radioactive waste license application to
             54      determine whether the application complies with the provisions of this chapter and the rules of
             55      the board.
             56          (5) (a) If the radioactive license application is determined to be complete, the board

             57      shall issue a notice of completeness.
             58          (b) If the plan is determined by the board to be incomplete, the board shall issue a
             59      notice of deficiency, listing the additional information to be provided by the applicant to
             60      complete the application.
             61          (6) It is the intent of the Legislature that, in making its deliberations regarding approval
             62      for any class B or C radioactive waste facility, the Legislature shall evaluate and give
             63      consideration to the information and research provided by any interim legislative committees,
             64      task forces, or appropriation committees regarding the economic and management issues
             65      relevant to authorizing a class B or C radioactive waste facility in the state.

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