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Nuclear Waste Policy Amendments Act of 2019

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A bill to amend the Nuclear Waste Policy Act of 1982, and for other purposes.


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11/20/2019Introduced in Senate

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11/20/2019Read twice and referred to the Committee on Environment and Public Works.
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Sen. Cramer, Kevin [R-ND]* 11/20/2019

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Senate Environment and Public Works11/20/2019 Referred to

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Introduced in Senate (11/20/2019)

Nuclear Waste Policy Amendments Act of 2019

This bill addresses the storage and disposal of nuclear waste.

Among other things, the bill

  • directs the Department of Energy (DOE) to initiate a program to consolidate and temporarily store commercial spent nuclear fuel during the development, construction, and operation of a permanent nuclear waste repository;
  • addresses federal land withdrawal and related management issues, including the permanent withdrawal of specific federal land for repository use by DOE;
  • updates the Nuclear Regulatory Commission licensing process and conditions for the permanent repository;
  • limits activities relating to developing a separate defense waste repository used for storing high-level radioactive waste and spent nuclear fuel derived from the atomic energy defense activities of DOE;
  • authorizes DOE to enter into agreements to provide benefits to state, local, and tribal governments that might host or be affected by facilities related to storing nuclear waste;
  • revises the method by which DOE funds its nuclear waste management activities though the collection and usage of the Nuclear Waste Fund;
  • creates an Office of Spent Nuclear Fuel within DOE; and
  • requires DOE to establish a Stranded Nuclear Waste Task Force to study existing resources and funding for communities that contain stranded nuclear waste and develop economic adjustment plans for such communities.