Connecticut Seal

General Assembly

 

Raised Bill No. 5382

February Session, 2016

 

LCO No. 1682

 

*01682_______ENV*

Referred to Committee on ENVIRONMENT

 

Introduced by:

 

(ENV)

 

AN ACT CONCERNING THE NUCLEAR SAFETY EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS PROGRAM.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Assembly convened:

Section 1. Subsection (b) of section 28-31 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July 1, 2016):

(b) Moneys in the account shall be expended by the Commissioner of Emergency Services and Public Protection, in conjunction with the Commissioner of Energy and Environmental Protection, only to support the activities of a nuclear safety emergency preparedness program and only in accordance with the plan approved by the Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management under subsection (c) of this section. The program shall include, but not necessarily be limited to: (1) Development of a detailed fixed facility nuclear emergency response plan for areas surrounding each nuclear electrical generation facility and each away-from-reactor spent fuel storage facility, (2) annual training of state and local emergency response personnel, (3) development of accident scenarios and exercising of fixed facility nuclear emergency response plans, (4) provision of specialized response equipment necessary to accomplish this task, (5) support for the operations and personal services costs of the radiological instrument maintenance and calibration facility, as necessary to replace any reduction in current federal funding, (6) establishment of a monitoring network for areas surrounding each nuclear generating facility, (7) a grant program to help train and retain local emergency response personnel for the radiation professional volunteer program created pursuant to subdivision (2) of this subsection, and [(6)] (8) any other measures as may be required by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and the Federal Emergency Management Agency of the United States Department of Homeland Security. Moneys in the account shall be distributed as follows to carry out the purposes of the program: The Commissioner of Emergency Services and Public Protection may expend not more than twenty-five per cent of the proceeds of the maximum annual assessment for administrative functions incident to the program. The Commissioner of Emergency Services and Public Protection may expend such additional funds as are necessary to assure and maintain emergency operations center capabilities and specialized response equipment necessary to implement the fixed facility nuclear emergency response plans. The remaining moneys in the account may be allocated to other state agencies and used to reimburse municipalities for costs incurred in the purchase and maintenance of equipment and for services rendered in carrying out the purposes of the program.

This act shall take effect as follows and shall amend the following sections:

Section 1

July 1, 2016

28-31(b)

Statement of Purpose:

To assure Connecticut's standards under its Radiological Emergency Preparedness and Response program and incorporate certain recommendations of the National Research Council.

[Proposed deletions are enclosed in brackets. Proposed additions are indicated by underline, except that when the entire text of a bill or resolution or a section of a bill or resolution is new, it is not underlined.]