California Legislature—2015–16 Regular Session

Assembly Joint ResolutionNo. 29


Introduced by Assembly Member Chávez

January 28, 2016


Assembly Joint Resolution No. 29—Relative to the Interim Consolidated Storage Act of 2015.

LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL’S DIGEST

AJR 29, as introduced, Chávez. Interim Consolidated Storage Act of 2015: San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station.

This measure would urge the passage of the Interim Consolidated Storage Act of 2015 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 to a licensed and regulated interim consolidated storage facility.

Fiscal committee: no.

P1    1WHEREAS, Millions of ratepayer and taxpayer dollars are spent
2monitoring and overseeing spent nuclear fuel each year and
3millions of dollars more are programmed to be spent on settlement
4payments related to nuclear waste disposition; and

5WHEREAS, Much of the spent nuclear fuel and high-level
6radioactive waste currently stored are at sites that are vulnerable
7to natural disasters and located near large metropolitan centers;
8and

9WHEREAS, The United States Department of Energy concluded
10in 2013 that a geologic repository for the permanent disposal of
11spent nuclear fuel and high-level radioactive waste will not be
12available until 2048, at the earliest; and

P2    1WHEREAS, The President’s Blue Ribbon Commission on
2America’s Nuclear Future recommended that efforts be made to
3develop a permanent disposal site for spent nuclear fuel and
4high-level radioactive waste; and

5WHEREAS, The spent nuclear fuel at the San Onofre Nuclear
6Generating Station, a decommissioning site, should be promptly
7and safely moved to a consolidated storage site, as recommended
8by the President’s Blue Ribbon Commission on America’s Nuclear
9Future, and as would be advanced by H.R. 3643, the Interim
10Consolidated Storage Act of 2015, which would give priority for
11storage to high-level nuclear waste and spent nuclear fuel located
12on a site without an operating nuclear reactor; now, therefore, be
13it

14Resolved by the Assembly and the Senate of the State of
15California, jointly,
That the Legislature of the State of California
16respectfully urges the passage of H.R. 3643 and supports the
17development and passage of complementary legislation; and be it
18further

19Resolved, That the Legislature of the State of California
20respectfully urges the United States Department of Energy to
21implement the prompt and safe relocation of spent nuclear fuel
22from the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station to a licensed and
23regulated interim consolidated storage facility; and be it further

24Resolved, That the Chief Clerk of the Assembly transmit copies
25of this resolution to the President of the United States, to the
26Speaker of the House of Representatives, to the Majority Leader
27of the Senate, to each Senator and Representative from California
28in the Congress of the United States, and to the Secretary of
29Energy.



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