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CEP officer Jerry Kern, who formally served 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 then 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.

CEP Chairman David Victor also testified before the House Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on Interior, Energy and the Environment on Sept. 26, 2017 regarding the national problem about storage and disposal of used nuclear fuel.