CEP member Jerry Kern, who serves as an Oceanside councilman, has spearheaded efforts by area local governments to pass resolutions urging the federal government to authorize off-site storage for the used nuclear fuel. In 2015-2016, his resolutions focused on legislation introduced by U.S. Rep. Mike Conaway, R-Texas, (H.R. 3643), the Interim Consolidated Storage Act of 2015, and co-sponsored by U.S. Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Vista. U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., co-sponsored similar bipartisan legislation in the Senate. These measures would amend the existing Nuclear Waste Policy Act allowing the DOE to take title to the nuclear waste and contract with private companies to store the waste at a consolidated site. In addition, the California state senate in April 2016 approved a resolution authored by state Sen. Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) urging Congress to approve legislation (H.R. 4745) authorizing off-site storage of used nuclear fuel.
In 2017, Rep. Issa introduced HR 474, Interim Consolidated Storage Act of 2017 on January 12. The bill is before the House Energy and Commerce Committee, and co-sponsors include California Representatives Ken Calvert (R-CA-42), Scott Peters (D-CA-52), Doris Matsui (D-CA-6), Ami Bera (D-CA-7), Duncan Hunter (R-CA-52) and Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA-48). For more information on the bill’s current status click here.
U.S. Rep. John Shimkus (R-IL), chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Environment, introduced HR 3053, the Nuclear Waste Policy Amendments Act, in April 2017. The legislation was approved by the House Energy and Commerce Committee on June 28, 2017 and awaits consideration by the full House in May 2018.
CEP Chairman Victor also testified before the House Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on Interior, Energy and the Environment on September 26, 2017 regarding the national problem about storage and disposal of used nuclear fuel.