H.R. 5623 (107th): To provide for prioritization of transportation of nuclear waste from utilities to a permanent repository on the ...

...basis of renewable energy use.

107th Congress, 2001–2002. Text as of Oct 10, 2002 (Introduced).

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HR 5623 IH

107th CONGRESS

2d Session

H. R. 5623

To provide for prioritization of transportation of nuclear waste from utilities to a permanent repository on the basis of renewable energy use.

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

OCTOBER 10, 2002

Mr. LUTHER introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce


A BILL

To provide for prioritization of transportation of nuclear waste from utilities to a permanent repository on the basis of renewable energy use.

    Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. AMENDMENT.

    Section 180 of the Nuclear Waste Policy Act of 1982 (42 U.S.C. 10175) is amended by adding at the end the following new subsection:

    ‘(d)(1) The Secretary shall establish a priority listing among utilities, for the transportation of high-level radioactive waste and spent nuclear fuel from such utilities to a permanent repository established under subtitle A.

    ‘(2) The highest priority under paragraph (1) shall be assigned to utilities that derive the highest percentage of energy produced or sold from renewable energy resources.

    ‘(3) The Secretary shall establish the listing under this subsection not later than 1 year before the projected date of the first transportation of high-level radioactive waste and spent nuclear fuel to the permanent repository.

    ‘(4) The Secretary shall, to the greatest extent practicable, coordinate the transportation of high-level radioactive waste and spent nuclear fuel from sources other than utilities for which priorities are established under paragraph (1) with transportation from such utilities, with the goal of minimizing the number of shipments by combining shipments whenever possible.

    ‘(5) For purposes of this subsection:

      ‘(A) BIOMASS- The term ‘biomass’ means any solid, nonhazardous, cellulosic waste material which is segregated from other waste materials and which is derived from--

        ‘(i) any of the following forest-related resources: mill residues, precommercial thinnings, slash, and brush, but not including old-growth timber (other than old-growth timber which has been permitted or contracted for removal by any appropriate Federal authority through the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 or by any appropriate State authority);

        ‘(ii) solid wood waste materials, including waste pallets, crates, dunnage, manufacturing and construction wood wastes (other than pressure-treated, chemically-treated, or painted wood wastes), and landscape or right-of-way tree trimmings, but not including municipal solid waste (garbage), gas derived from the biodegradation of solid waste, or paper that is commonly recycled; or

        ‘(iii) agriculture sources, including orchard tree crops, vineyard, grain, legumes, sugar, and other crop by-products or residues.

      ‘(B) GENERATION OFFSET- The term ‘generation offset’ means reduced electricity usage metered at a site where a customer consumes energy from a renewable energy technology.

      ‘(C) INCREMENTAL HYDROPOWER- The term ‘incremental hydropower’ means additional generation that is achieved from increased efficiency or additions of capacity after the date of enactment of this subsection at a hydroelectric dam that was placed in service before that date.

      ‘(D) RENEWABLE ENERGY RESOURCE- The term ‘renewable energy resource’ means solar, wind, ocean, or geothermal energy, biomass, landfill gas, a generation offset, or incremental hydropower.’.