HIGHLIGHTS OF TESTIMONY BY MARYLAND STATE DELEGATE SALLY YOUNG JAMESON ON BEHALF OF NCSL TO THE BLUE RIBBON COMMISSION ON AMERICA’S NUCLEAR FUTURE
MAY 25, 2010
- NCSL urges Congress, the Department of Energy (DOE) and the Blue Ribbon Commission on America’s Nuclear Future to recognize the value of a strong partnership with state legislators and ensure that state legislatures are kept informed and consulted with regularly during the development and implementation of new policy recommendations.
- NCSL urges the federal government to develop a program for the long-term treatment and disposal of commercial high-level radioactive waste, funded by the generators of the waste.
- NCSL urges Congress to move forward with steps to enable private, Nuclear Regulatory Commission licensed, interim storage facilities for used nuclear fuel in the United States.
- NCSL calls on Congress and the administration to conduct research to identify, develop and license a commercial high-level waste and used nuclear fuel disposal facility.
- NCSL firmly believes that Congress must restore adequate funding to the DOE Office of Civilian Radioactive Waste Management.
- NCSL urges Congress to enact legislation to classify annual funding from the Nuclear Waste Fund as mandatory spending and ensure that levels are adequate to meet the changing needs of the program.
- NCSL supports action at the federal level that would develop a plan by which the country can move forward with interim storage facilities.
- Interim storage facilities located in voluntary host communities are a viable option that can be pursued and NCSL supports the availability of financing mechanisms and incentives, through the Nuclear Waste Fund, to these voluntary host communities.