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S.254

Introduced by   Senator White of Windham District

Referred to Committee on

Date:

Subject:  Public safety; emergency planning zone

Statement of purpose:  This bill proposes to expand from 10 to 20 miles the radius of the emergency planning zone that surrounds the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant.

AN ACT RELATING TO EXPANDING THE EMERGENCY PLANNING ZONE THAT SURROUNDS THE VERMONT YANKEE NUCLEAR POWER PLANT

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

In addition to other duties required by law, the emergency management division shall:

(1)  Prepare and maintain a radiological emergency response plan in cooperation with other state and local agencies.  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 20‑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.



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The Vermont General Assembly
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Montpelier, Vermont


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