California Nuclear Waste Initiative (2014)

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A California Nuclear Waste Initiative (#12-0016), an initiated state statute, was approved for circulation in California as a contender for the November 4, 2014 ballot.

Its sponsors, however, did not submit any signatures to election officials by the deadline.

If the initiative had qualified for the ballot and been approved by the state's voters, it would have:

  • Extended the statutory preconditions that apply to the new operation of any nuclear power plant to the existing Diablo Canyon and San Onofre plants.
  • Required the California Energy Commission to determine that the federal government has approved technology for permanent disposal of high-level nuclear waste before allowing the Diablo Canyon and San Onofre nuclear power plants to continue their operations.
  • For nuclear power plants in California that require reprocessing of fuel rods, required the California Energy Commission to determine that the federal government had approved technology for nuclear fuel rod reprocessing plants.
  • Allowed the California State Legislature to reject any such determinations of the California Energy Commission.
  • Required the California Energy Commission to determine on a case-by-case basis which facilities will be available with adequate capacity to reprocess or store fuel rods.

A similar initiative, #12-0013, failed to qualify for the ballot by its signature deadline. Another similar initiative, Initiative to Regulate the Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant, has a circulation deadline of February 10, 2014.

Text of measure

Ballot title:

Nuclear Power. Initiative Statute.

Official summary:

"Extends statutory preconditions, currently applicable to new operation of any nuclear powerplant, to existing Diablo Canyon and San Onofre plants. Before further electricity production at these plants, requires California Energy Commission to find federal government has approved technology for permanent disposal of high-level nuclear waste. For nuclear powerplants requiring reprocessing of fuel rods, requires Commission to find federal government has approved technology for nuclear fuel rod reprocessing plants. Both findings are subject to Legislature's rejection. Further requires Commission to find on case-by-case basis facilities will be available with adequate capacity to reprocess or store powerplant's fuel rods."

Fiscal impact statement:

(Note: The fiscal impact statement for a California ballot initiative authorized for circulation is jointly prepared by the state's Legislative Analyst and its Director of Finance.)

"Potentially major impacts on state and local finances in the near term in the form of decreased revenues and increased costs due to near-term disruptions in the state's electricity system and electricity price increases. The magnitude of these impacts would depend on the time to develop replacement power, the frequency and duration of rolling blackouts, and various related factors, such as electricity demand and weather conditions. Potential avoidance of major future state and local government costs and lost revenues in the rare event of a major nuclear plant incident."

Path to the ballot

See also: Signature requirements for ballot measures in California

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