Introduced by Senator White of Windham District
Subject: Emergency management; response plan; costs
Statement of purpose: This bill would codify in the Vermont Statutes Annotated the requirements relating to the functions, preparation, and funding of the state’s radiological emergency response plan (RERP) and provide that all costs associated with the RERP, including costs of evacuation notification systems, be included in the budget of the Emergency Management Division.
AN ACT RELATING TO THE RADIOLOGICAL EMERGENCY RESPONSE PLAN
It is hereby enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Vermont:
Sec. 1. 20 V.S.A. § 3a is amended to read:
§ 3a. EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT DIVISION; DUTIES; BUDGET
(a) In addition to other duties required by law, the emergency management division shall:
Establish and define emergency planning zones and prepare and maintain a
radiological emergency response plan in cooperation with other state and local
agencies for use in such zones. The plan shall be designed to protect
the lives and property of persons residing within this state who might be
threatened as the result of their proximity to any operating nuclear reactor. The
plan shall be formulated in accordance with procedures approved by the Federal
Nuclear Regulatory Commission. The plan shall provide for all the following:
(A) Monitoring radiological activity within the state.
(B) Emergency evacuation routes within a ten-mile radius of any operating nuclear reactor.
(C) Adequate notification and communications systems.
(D) Contingency procedures as deemed necessary in the event of an incident or accident involving an operating nuclear reactor.
(2) Assist the state emergency response commission, the local emergency planning committees and the municipally established local organizations referred to in section 6 of this title in developing, implementing and coordinating emergency response plans.
(3) Provide administrative support to the state emergency response commission.
(b) Each fiscal year, the division of emergency management in collaboration with the state and local agencies, the management of the nuclear power plant, the select boards of the municipalities in the emergency planning zone, the Windham regional planning commission, and any other municipality or emergency planning zone entity defined by the state as required to support the radiological emergency response plan shall develop the budget for expenditures from the radiological emergency response plan fund. The expenditure budget so prepared shall include all costs for evacuation notification systems.
(c) From the fund, each town within the emergency planning zone shall receive an annual base payment of no less than $5,000.00 for radiological emergency response related expenditures. Additional expenditures by the municipalities in the emergency planning zone, the Windham regional planning commission, and any other municipality or emergency planning entity defined by the state as required to support the plan shall be determined during the budget development process established by this section.
The Vermont General Assembly
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