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H.R. 3929 (115th): Stranded Nuclear Waste Accountability Act of 2017

The text of the bill below is as of Oct 3, 2017 (Introduced).


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115th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 3929

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

October 3, 2017

(for himself and Mr. Welch) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce

A BILL

To direct the Secretary of Energy to carry out a program to provide payments to communities in which a nuclear power plant that has ceased generating electricity and that stores spent nuclear fuel onsite is located, and for other purposes.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Stranded Nuclear Waste Accountability Act of 2017.

2.

Program for payments to communities that are impacted by interim storage of spent nuclear fuel

(a)

Program

The Secretary of Energy shall establish and carry out a program to make payments to units of general local government within the jurisdictional boundaries of which an eligible civilian nuclear power plant is located.

(b)

Payments

(1)

Amount

Except as provided in paragraph (3), a payment made to a unit of general local government under the program established under subsection (a) shall be equal to $15 per kilogram of spent nuclear fuel stored at the eligible civilian nuclear power plant that is located within the jurisdictional boundaries of such unit of general local government.

(2)

Number and frequency

For each eligible civilian nuclear power plant, the Secretary may only make one payment to one unit of general local government per fiscal year under the program established under subsection (a).

(3)

Pro rata reduction

For any fiscal year, the Secretary shall, on a pro rata basis, reduce the amount paid to a unit of general local government under the program established under subsection (a) as necessary to ensure, to the extent possible, that a payment is made to a unit of general local government with respect to each eligible civilian nuclear power plant for that fiscal year.

(4)

Annual application

In order to be eligible to receive a payment under the program established under subsection (a) for a fiscal year, a unit of general local government shall submit an application to the Secretary.

(c)

Definitions

In this Act:

(1)

Civilian nuclear power reactor

The term civilian nuclear power reactor has the meaning given such term in section 2(6) of the Nuclear Waste Policy Act of 1982 (42 U.S.C. 10101(6)).

(2)

Eligible civilian nuclear power plant

The term eligible civilian nuclear power plant means a site at which—

(A)

each civilian nuclear power reactor located at such site has ceased generating electricity prior to the date of enactment of this Act; and

(B)

spent nuclear fuel is being stored.

(3)

Secretary

The term Secretary means the Secretary of Energy.

(4)

Spent nuclear fuel

The term spent nuclear fuel has the meaning given such term in section 2(23) of the Nuclear Waste Policy Act of 1982 (42 U.S.C. 10101(23)).

(5)

Unit of general local government

The term unit of general local government has the meaning given such term in section 2(28) of the Nuclear Waste Policy Act of 1982 (42 U.S.C. 10101(28)).

(d)

Authorization of appropriations

There are authorized to be appropriated $100,000,000 for the program established under subsection (a) for each of fiscal years 2018 through 2024.

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