senate Bill S1530

Requires operators of nuclear power plants to give notice of scheduled and unscheduled releases of radioactive materials and of breakdowns or malfunctions

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  • 02 / Feb / 2009
    • REFERRED TO VETERANS, HOMELAND SECURITY AND MILITARY AFFAIRS
  • 06 / Jan / 2010
    • REFERRED TO VETERANS, HOMELAND SECURITY AND MILITARY AFFAIRS

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Bill Details

Versions:
S1530
Legislative Cycle:
2009-2010
Current Committee:
Senate Veterans, Homeland Security And Military Affairs
Law Section:
Executive Law

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BILL NUMBER: S1530

TITLE OF BILL :
An act to amend the executive law, in relation to notice of emissions
at nuclear power plants


PURPOSE :
To create standards of public notification regarding the emissions,
both routine and non-routine, from nuclear power plants.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS :
To amend the Executive Law by adding a new section 29-f to provide for
the public notification of emissions from nuclear power plants.
Section 1 outlines legislative intent and defines "operator" as the
entity that owns or manages a nuclear power plant. It also provides
that:

* Notice of emissions would be made available to the public via a
toll-free telephone number. Notice would also be given directly to
the commissioner of health; to the chief executive officer of the
county in which the plant is located; and to the chief executive
officer of the city, town or village in which the plant is located.

* Public notice would be required

* At least 24 hours before scheduled releases

* As soon as possible, but not more than 24 hours, after unscheduled
releases, breakdowns or malfunctions.

* Public notices would contain the total amount of radioactivity
released; the estimated individual dose that may occur due to the
release; weather conditions at the time of release; the area affected;
the equipment that malfunctioned, if any; and the corrective actions
taken.

* All notices shall be reviewed by the commissioner of health or his
or her designee, who will consolidate them for distribution to the
Public Service Commission, State agencies, public officials and
interesting members of the public. Notice of releases that exceed
technical limits or result in overexposure to plant personnel or
members of the public shall be reviewed expeditiously.

* The operator of any nuclear power plant shall submit an annual
report to the public utilities commission and the New York State
library including the following information:

* Any safety-related incidents reported to the Nuclear Regulatory
Commission during the previous year, including a statement of the
cause of the incident, its effects on human health and the
environment, corrective measures taken and costs.

* Unresolved safety issues as defined by the NRC, and the status of
resolution.

Violation of this section shall be subject to a fine of not less than
$1000, and not more than $25,000 per violation.

Section 2 provides that the act takes effect on April first after it
becomes law.

JUSTIFICATION :
This bill would improve the public's access to the operation of the
six nuclear power plants in New York and thereby help to ensure
operator accountability. The state of Maine currently maintains a
toll-free telephone number that provides 24-hour updates on their
nuclear power plant. Indian Point Three in Buchanan recently began
operating a limited toll-free emissions hotline. The same - and more
- should be done throughout New York State to assure that full
information is provided to the public.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY :
2007-2008 S.244 Referred to Veterans Homeland Security and Military
Affairs
2005-2006 S.1675 Referred to Veterans Homeland Security & Military
Affairs
2004 S.4058 Referred to Veterans Homeland Security & Military Affairs
2003 S.4058 Referred to Veterans Homeland Security & Military Affairs
2002 S.5226-A Referred to Finance
2001 S.5226 Referred to Finance

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS :
None to the State.

EFFECTIVE DATE :
The first of April next succeeding the date on which it shall have
become law.
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