Anti-nuke bill to be heard in Assembly

By CMTA Staff

Capitol Update, June 8, 2007 Share this on FacebookTweet thisEmail this to a friend

"All politics is local," the famous line by U.S. House speaker Thomas P. "Tip" O'Neill, certainly applies to a bill now being considered in California relating to nuclear power.

AB 1046 (Mark Leno, D-San Francisco) prohibits the California Public Utilities Commission from allowing an investor-owned utility to recover costs associated with renewing a license for a nuclear power plant, or the costs of operating the facility until the California Energy Commission (CEC) has completed its assessment of the costs associated with accumulating waste at California's nuclear power plants.

Local opposition has been a factor for the more than the two decades California's nuclear facilities have been in operation.  The federal government has selected the Yucca Mountain Project in Nevada as a permanent repository for the disposal of spent nuclear fuel, although development of the site has been delayed by a number of permitting and related problems.

CMTA believes that AB 1046 is unnecessary and could lead to costly delays at the state's two nuclear power plants which presently provide inexpensive, zero emission power that is vital to grid reliability and represents ten percent of the state's electrical supply. 

Last year's AB 1632 (Blakeslee, Chapter 722) requires the CEC to compile and assess scientific studies to determine the potential vulnerability of the state's nuclear power plants due to aging or a major seismic event, and to assess the potential state and local costs associated with accumulating waste.  Workshops begin this summer.  The report is due by November 1, 2008. 

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