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S.230

Introduced by   Senator White of Windham District

Referred to Committee on

Date:

Subject:  Conservation; Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant; license extension; application for general assembly approval

Statement of purpose:  This bill proposes to require early filing of any application for general assembly approval to store within the state spent fuel derived from the operation of Vermont Yankee after March 21, 2012.  It proposes to require that such an application be received by the general assembly by the earlier of the following:  five years before the date upon which that approval may take effect; or no later than one year after an application is filed with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission or the public service board, whichever is earlier, requesting an extension of the period of licensure.

AN ACT RELATING TO REQUIRING EARLY APPLICATION TO THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY FOR APPROVAL TO OPERATE VERMONT YANKEE AFTER ITS CURRENT LICENSE EXPIRES

It is hereby enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Vermont:

Sec. 1.  10 V.S.A. § 6522(c) is amended to read:

(c)  In addition, the following limiting conditions shall apply:

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(4)  Compliance with the provisions of this subchapter shall constitute compliance with the provisions of this chapter that require that approval be obtained from the general assembly before construction or establishment of a facility for the deposit or storage of spent nuclear fuel, but only to the extent specified in this subchapter or authorized under this subchapter.  The public service board is authorized to hear and issue a certificate of public good for such a facility under 30 V.S.A. § 248, to the extent specified or authorized in this subchapter.  Other agencies of the state also may receive and act on applications related to the construction or establishment of such a facility, provided that any approval for such a facility applies only to the extent specified or authorized in this subchapter.  Storage of spent fuel derived from the operation of Vermont Yankee after March 21, 2012 shall require the approval of the general assembly under this chapter.  A request for approval of the general assembly under this chapter for the storage of spent fuel derived from the operation of Vermont Yankee after March 21, 2012 shall be submitted to and received by the general assembly by the earlier of the following:

(A)  no less than five years before the date upon which that approval may take effect; or

(B)  no later than one year after submission to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission or the public service board, whichever is earlier, of an application that would extend the period of licensure.

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The Vermont General Assembly
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Montpelier, Vermont


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