Our Position: oppose
This bill would exempt Energy Solutions from a number of provisions in expanding their operations or renewing their license to dispose of radioactive waste.
Bill Number: sb155
Sponsor: Rep Darin Peterson (R-Nephi)
Legislative Session: 2007 General Session
This legislation circumvents some provisions of existing law that require review and approval of expansion or modification of radioactive waste facilities. These requirements would still apply to any new radioactive waste facilities but not to Energy Solutions.
Existing law stipulates that an expansion that costs 50% or more of original construction costs or expands capacity by 50% or more is sufficiently important to require public review. Energy Solutions is let out of that requirement as long as they stay within their existing facility boundary. Energy Solutions would also be exempt under this proposal from legislative or municipal review of their license renewal.
SB 155 passed the senate on a final vote of 22-5-2. This bill, if passed and signed, would reduce oversight of a complex industry with real consequences and dangers.
The senators who voted against this legislation are listed below. Please give them a call or an e-mail to thank them. Freshman Republican Jon Greiner from Ogden voted against the bill on the second reading, but although no changes were made to the legislation in the interim, he voted yea on the final vote. Can senate leadership have taken him aside for a strong talking to?
Sen Fred Fife
Sen Pat Jones
Sen Scott McCoy
Sen Ed Mayne
Sen Ross Romero
The bill was approved on the house floor by a veto proof majority of 55-10-10. Please call to thank the representatives who voted no; they're listed below. It's still worthwhile to ask the governor for a veto because it might give this bill's opponents to change a couple of votes in the senate or a handful in the house.
Rep Ralph Becker
Rep Jackie Biskupski
Rep Tim Cosgrove
Rep Janice Fisher
Rep Christine Johnson
Rep David Litvack
Rep Roz McGee
Rep Phil Riesen
Rep Steve Sandstrom
Rep Jen Seelig
Find your representative with the district maps. To read the bill text, click here.