California Regulation of the Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant (2014)

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A California Initiative to Regulate the Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant (#13-0009) was approved for circulation in California as a contender for the November 4, 2014 ballot as an initiated state statute.

The initiative would have:

  • Extended statutory preconditions, currently applicable to the new operation of any nuclear powerplant, to the existing Diablo Canyon plant.
  • Before further electricity production is allowed at any plant, required the California Energy Commission to find that the federal government has approved technology for the permanent disposal of high-level nuclear waste. This finding would be subject to rejection by the California State Legislature.
  • For nuclear powerplants requiring reprocessing of fuel rods, required the California Energy Commission to find that the federal government has approved technology for nuclear fuel rod reprocessing plants. This finding would be subject to rejection by the California State Legislature.
  • Required the California Energy Commission to find, on a case-by-case basis, facilities that will be available with adequate capacity to reprocess or store fuel rods.

Supporters of the measure referred to it as the "California Nuclear Waste Act."

A similar initiative (#12-0013) was authorized for ciculation, but its supporters did not collect sufficient signatures to qualify it for the ballot.

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 plant. Before further electricity production at any plant, 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.)

"Potential impacts on state and local finances in the form of decreased revenues and increased costs due to possible electricity price increases and state liabilities. The magnitude of these impacts are uncertain, but could be significant, depending in part on the need for system upgrades for replacement power and whether the state is liable for investment losses. 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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