Connecticut Seal

Senate Resolution No. 4

February, 2002, Regular Session


Resolved by the Senate:

WHEREAS, The Nuclear Waste Policy Act of 1982 established a program requiring the United States Department of Energy to begin accepting and disposing of spent nuclear fuel and waste from all commercial power plants no later than January 31, 1998.

WHEREAS, The Act required ratepayers, through their electric bills, to fund this program by paying a fee into the federal Nuclear Waste Fund, and, since its inception, the ratepayers of Connecticut have already paid over one-half billion dollars into this Fund.

WHEREAS, The United States government has failed to meet its obligation under the Act to remove commercial spent nuclear fuel from Connecticut to a centralized federal site, thereby stranding spent fuel that should have been removed on a priority basis from the permanently shut down reactor site in Haddam.

WHEREAS, Spent nuclear fuel can be stored safely at reactor sites, but there are compelling local, state and national interests that require completing the siting process necessary to consolidate commercial and defense spent fuel and waste into one secure federal repository location.

WHEREAS, The President of the United States has recently recommended, after decades of study and the expenditure of billions of ratepayer dollars, that the Yucca Mountain site in Nevada is scientifically sound and suitable for development as the nation's long-term geologic repository for nuclear waste.

WHEREAS, The Department of Energy's alternative plan, if the Yucca Mountain site is not approved for development by the United States Congress, is to end all work at Yucca Mountain and store the spent nuclear fuel at reactor sites for the next one hundred to ten thousand years.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Connecticut Senate calls upon the United States Senate and House of Representatives to pass a Joint Resolution this year approving Yucca Mountain for development as the nation's permanent geologic repository.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the clerk of the Senate cause a copy of this resolution to be sent to the presiding officer of each house of Congress and to each member of the Connecticut congressional delegation.