The Nuclear Waste Act

Stop Nuclear Waste

This legislation is crucial to stop the problems associated with uranium mining, nuclear waste and storage, nuclear runnoff contamination from the water used to cool the rods and more. We have better alternative energies available to us, and we can even be more cost effective, we just need to have the courage to say NO!

 

 

The Nuclear Waste Act
We, the undersigned, registered, qualified voters of the State of
California, residents of the below mentioned County (or City and
County) hereby propose amendments to the Public Resources Code,
relating to the operation of nuclear power plants and petition the
Secretary of State to submit the same to the voters of California for
their adoption or rejection at the next succeeding general election or
at any special statewide election held prior to the general election or
otherwise provided by law. The proposed statutory amendments read as
follows:
Section 1: The people of California find that:
(1) A demonstrated technology or means for the disposal of high-level
nuclear waste has not been developed and approved by the United States
through its authorized agency.
(2) A demonstrated technology for the construction and operation of,
nuclear fuel rod reprocessing plants has not been developed and
approved by the United States through its authorized agency.
(3) In balancing the benefits and risks associated with energy
production, nuclear fission is the least desirable means of producing
electrical energy available in the State of California.
(4) The use of nuclear fission is not needed to meet the current or
forecasted electrical energy needs of the State of California.
Therefore, the people hereby enact the provisions of this initiative.
Section 2: Chapter 6{commencing with section 25524.15) is added to
Division 15 of the Public Resources Code to read:
25524.15 It is the intent of the People of-the State of California in
enacting this legislation to protect the rate payers and tax payers of
California, both present and future, from risk of unreasonable costs
associated with ownership and operation of nuclear power plants.
(a) No nuclear fission thermal power plant requiring the
reprocessing of fuel rods, including any to which this chapter does
not otherwise apply, shall be permitted to produce electrical energy by
use of nuclear fission until the following conditions are met:
(1) The commission finds that the United States through its
authorized agency has identified and approved, and there exists a
technology for the construction and operation of, nuclear fuel rod
reprocessing plants.
(2) The commission has reported its findings and the reasons
therefore pursuant to paragraph (1) to the Legislature . That report
shall be assigned to the appropriate policy committees for review .
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The commission’s findings may become effective 100 legislative days
after reporting its findings to the Legislature unless within those 100
legislative days either house of the Legislature adopts by a majority
vote of its members a resolution disaffirming the findings of the
commission made pursuant to paragraph (I).
(3) A resolution of disaffirmance shall set forth the reasons for
the -action and shall provide, to the extent possible, guidance to the
commission as to an appropriate method of bringing the commission’s
findings into conformance with paragraph (1).
(4) If a disaffirming resolution is adopted, the commission shall
reexamine its original findings consistent with matters raised in the
resolution. On conclusion of its reexamination, the commission shall
transmit its findings in writing, with the reasons therefore, to the
Legislature.
(5) If the findings are that the conditions of paragraph (1) have
been met, the commission’s findings will become effective 100
legislative days after reporting its findings to the Legislature unless
within those 100 legislative days both houses of the Legislature act by
statute to declare the findings null and void and takes appropriate
action.
(6) To allow sufficient time for the Legislature to act, the
reports of findings of the commission shall be submitted to the
Legislature at least six calendar months prior to the adjournment of
the Legislature sine die.
(b) The commission shall further find on a case-by-case basis that
facilities with adequate capacity to reprocess nuclear fuel rods
from a certified nuclear facility or to store that fuel if that
storage is approved by an authorized agency of the United States are
in actual operation or will be in operation at the time that the
nuclear facility requires reprocessing or storage; provided, however,
that the storage of fuel is in an offsite location to the extent
necessary to provide continuous onsite full core reserve storage
capacity.
(c) All other permits, licenses, approvals or authorizations for the
operation of nuclear fission power plants for production of electrical
energy, including orders of courts, which may be required may be
processed and granted by the governmental entity concerned, but
operation of nuclear fission power plants for the production of
electrical energy shall not commence until the requirements of this
section have been met.
25524.25 It is the intent of the People of the State of California in
enacting this legislation to protect the rate payers and tax payers of
California, both present and future, from risk of unreasonable costs
associated with ownership and operation of nuclear power plants_
(a) No nuclear fission thermal power plant, including any to which
this chapter does not otherwise apply, shall be permitted to produce
electrical energy by use of nuclear fission until the following
conditions have been met :
(1) The commission finds that there has been developed and that
the United States through its authorized agency has approved and
there exists a demonstrated technology or means for the disposal of
high-level nuclear waste.
(2) The commission has reported its findings and the reasons
therefore pursuant to paragraph (a) to the Legislature. That report
shall be assigned to the appropriate policy committees for review.
The commission’s findings may become effective 100 legislative days
after reporting its findings to the Legislature unless within those 100
legislative days either house of the Legislature adopts by a majority
vote of its members a resolution disaffirming the findings of the
commission made pursuant to paragraph (1).
(3) A resolution of disaffirmance shall set forth the reasons for
the action and shall provide, to the extent possible, guidance to the
commission as to an appropriate method of bringing the commission’s
findings into conformance with paragraph (1) .
(4) If a disaffirming resolution is adopted, the commission shall
reexamine its original findings consistent with matters raised in the
resolution . On conclusion of its reexamination, the commission shall
transmit its findings in writing, with the reasons therefore, to the
Legislature.
(5) If the findings are that the conditions of paragraph (1) have
been met, the commission’s findings will become effective 100
legislative days after reporting its findings to the Legislature unless
within those 100 legislative days both houses of the Legislature act by
statute to declare the findings null and void and takes appropriate
action.
(6) To allow sufficient time for the Legislature to act, the
reports of findings of the commission shall be submitted to the
Legislature at least six calendar months prior to the adjournment of
the Legislature sine die .
(b) As used in subdivision (a), “technology or means for the
disposal of high-level nuclear waste” means a method for the
permanent and terminal disposition of high-level nuclear waste.
Nothing in this section requires that facilities for the application
of that technology or means be available at the time that the
commission makes its findings. That disposition of high-level nuclear
waste does not preclude the possibility of an approved process for
retrieval of the waste.
(c) All other permits, licenses, approvals or authorizations for the
operation of nuclear fission power plants for production of electrical
energy, including orders of courts, which may be required, may be
processed and granted by the governmental entity concerned, but
operation of nuclear fission power plants for the production of
electrical energy shall not commence until the requirements of this
section have been met.
SECTION 3: If any provision of this initiative or the application
thereof is held invalid, that invalidity shall not affect other
provisions or applications of the initiative which can be given effect
without the invalid provision or application and to this end the
provisions of the initiative are severable.
SECTION 4: To further its purpose this initiative may be amended by
statute, passed in each house by a two-thirds vote.
SECTION 5: This initiative shall take effect immediately.
The proponent of the above-named measure is:
Ben Davis, Jr.
P.O. Box 3844
Santa Cruz, CA 95063-3844
(916) 833-7894