California Treatment of Nuclear Waste at the Diablo Canyon and San Onofre Power Plants (2014)

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A California Treatment of Nuclear Waste at the Diablo Canyon and San Onofre Power Plants (#12-0013) 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 statutory preconditions (currently applicable to new operation of any nuclear powerplant) to the existing Diablo Canyon and San Onofre operations.
  • Before further electricity production would have been allowed at these plants, it would have required the California Energy Commission to find that the federal government had approved technology for the permanent disposal of high-level nuclear waste.
  • For nuclear powerplants requiring reprocessing of fuel rods, it would have required the Commission to find that the federal government had approved technology for nuclear fuel rod reprocessing plants.
  • Required the Commission to find on a case-by-case basis facilities available with adequate capacity to reprocess or store fuel rods.

A similar initiative, #12-0016, had a July 8, 2013 signature-filing deadline. No signatures were filed for that proposed initiative by its deadline.

Another similar initiative, Initiative to Regulate the Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant, had 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 operations. 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.)

"Likely major impacts on state and local finances in the near term in the form of decreased revenues and increased costs, potentially in the billions of dollars annually, 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 significant 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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