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house Bill H.R. 5632

Do Cities That Have to Store Nuclear Waste Need Compensation From the Feds?

Argument in favor

Communities that are home to decommissioned nuclear power plants deserve federal compensation for storing the nuclear waste because the federal government hasn’t opened a long-term storage facility for the waste.

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08/27/2016
But with my Yes vote comes a issue. When IS the federal government going to have a plan? When a nuclear disaster hits and the government still isn't prepared and then you have a monument task of clean not to mention the human calamity that would follow
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Christian's Opinion
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08/28/2016
Storing nuclear waste endangers the citizens living in that city and the city should be compensated for it. Additionally the federal government should make sure that the money they give to these cities are being used for health safety and are to counteract the harmful effects of nuclear waste
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09/06/2016
It is the federal government's responsibility to store the waste from the DOE's power plants, their failure to do so and the subsequent burden that is placed on the communities left storing nuclear waste should be compensated by the party which created the situation:the federal government.
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Argument opposed

Just because the federal government hasn’t opened a nuclear waste storage facility like it was supposed to doesn’t mean that it should have to compensate the communities that are left storing the nuclear waste.

David's Opinion
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08/28/2016
Why should we, taxpayers, foot the bill for waste created by power companies for the purpose of generating revenue for them and their owners? They should pay for the costs of storage.
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08/27/2016
This sounds like a ploy trying to entice cities to accept nuclear waste. However, this waste needs specialized facilities which is usually far from cities. This waste must be transported by rail or trucks which may go through cities. This bill is almost the reverse of yesteryear when cities didn't want nuclear waste near there city and even took the Feds to court to stop building underground facilities. Now it looks like "if you pay cities, then they will invite nuclear waste sites." Maybe the Feds should build the cities so they can pay themselves. LEARNING from China ghost cities.
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08/28/2016
Shifting the responsibility for spent nuclear fuel to private enterprise, instead of the federal government, there will be fewer opportunities for politically connected pressure groups with sometimes hidden agendas to stop effective solutions. One of the beauties of a free market is the fact that it endows innovators and problem solvers with enough power to overcome the opposition of established interest groups. In this respect, the market is superior to the political process. Allowing markets to do what they do best has traditionally been a major contributor to the general welfare of the United States.
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What is House Bill H.R. 5632?

This bill would compensate communities where spent fuel from decommissioned nuclear power plants is stored through a program to be created by the Dept. of Energy (DOE). In total, $100 million in funding would be authorized for compensating communities that have to store the nuclear waste through fiscal year 2023.

The DOE would make one payment per fiscal year to a community storing nuclear waste, and the communities would have to apply each year to receive a payment. Local governments would receive $15 per kilogram of nuclear waste that’s stored a decommissioned power plant within their jurisdiction. If so many eligible communities apply that there’s not enough funding to go around, the DOE would have to reduce payments to all successful applicants equally to ensure that they’re all compensated to lesser extent.

Under current law, the federal government is required to operate a facility to permanently store nuclear waste at Yucca Mountain, NV but it hasn’t opened because of political opposition so communities with decommissioned nuclear power plants have to store the waste.

Impact

Communities that have to store nuclear waste from decommissioned power plants; and the DOE.

Cost of House Bill H.R. 5632

A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.

More Information

In-Depth: Sponsoring Rep. Bob Dold (R-IL) introduced this bill to ensure that a city in his district — Zion, Illinois — and others like it don’t have to bear the burden of storing nuclear waste without federal assistance:

“Because of the government’s failure to move ahead with a long-term storage facility for nuclear waste, Zion is being forced to store the waste on the shore of Lake Michigan, severely damaging the local economy and risking environmental disaster. Our bipartisan bill will help revitalize Zion’s economy by compensating the community for storing nuclear waste until a more permanent solution is finally implemented.”

This legislation has the bipartisan support of three cosponsors in the House, including two Democrats and a Republican.


Of Note: There are 11 nuclear power plants that have been decommissioned in the U.S., though it is not clear how many of those facilities and their surrounding communities are forced to store leftover nuclear waste.


Media:

Summary by Eric Revell
(Photo Credit: U.S. Federal Government - Nevada Test Site)

AKA

Stranded Nuclear Waste Accountability Act of 2016

Official Title

To direct the Secretary of Energy to carry out a program to provide payments to communities in which a nuclear power plant that has ceased generating electricity and that stores spent nuclear fuel onsite is located, and for other purposes.

bill Progress


  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The senate has not voted
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      house Committees
      Committee on Energy and Commerce
    IntroducedJuly 6th, 2016
    But with my Yes vote comes a issue. When IS the federal government going to have a plan? When a nuclear disaster hits and the government still isn't prepared and then you have a monument task of clean not to mention the human calamity that would follow
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    Why should we, taxpayers, foot the bill for waste created by power companies for the purpose of generating revenue for them and their owners? They should pay for the costs of storage.
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    This sounds like a ploy trying to entice cities to accept nuclear waste. However, this waste needs specialized facilities which is usually far from cities. This waste must be transported by rail or trucks which may go through cities. This bill is almost the reverse of yesteryear when cities didn't want nuclear waste near there city and even took the Feds to court to stop building underground facilities. Now it looks like "if you pay cities, then they will invite nuclear waste sites." Maybe the Feds should build the cities so they can pay themselves. LEARNING from China ghost cities.
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    Storing nuclear waste endangers the citizens living in that city and the city should be compensated for it. Additionally the federal government should make sure that the money they give to these cities are being used for health safety and are to counteract the harmful effects of nuclear waste
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    Shifting the responsibility for spent nuclear fuel to private enterprise, instead of the federal government, there will be fewer opportunities for politically connected pressure groups with sometimes hidden agendas to stop effective solutions. One of the beauties of a free market is the fact that it endows innovators and problem solvers with enough power to overcome the opposition of established interest groups. In this respect, the market is superior to the political process. Allowing markets to do what they do best has traditionally been a major contributor to the general welfare of the United States.
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    That's the LEAST the Feds can do! I personally think we ought to have a base on the moon, from where we can launch nuclear waste into outer space! I don't like the idea of storing it here on Earth. Too many things can go wrong, and it could cause a lot of serious problems via contamination. Ship it out past the Oort Cloud where we won't have to worry about it! I'm hoping our next POTUS will see the value in our becoming more active in exploring and utilizing other bodies in the solar system and perhaps beyond! Dream little, accomplish little. Dream big and accomplish much! We mustn't let the Russkies or Chinese or anyone else dominate space! That would make them even MORE dangerous than they already are! (A lot of sci-fi ideas are totally achievable! Where there's a will, there's a way!)
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    No. Compensation should come from whoever created the waste.
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    Let the power companies pay for this.
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    It is the federal government's responsibility to store the waste from the DOE's power plants, their failure to do so and the subsequent burden that is placed on the communities left storing nuclear waste should be compensated by the party which created the situation:the federal government.
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    Let's help the communities that are using clean energy. ❤️
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    How the hell would I know? Is this something that "we" should be voting on?
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    At some point in time, these same citizens had to vote for some schmuck who then lobbied to allow nuclear waste to be stored, processed, etc through their town. It was a business deal. Which was already voted on. Maybe they didn't read the fine print, but it's their problem and they can deal with it.
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    Everyone deserves to be paid for performing a service that helps us as a whole
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    Instead, don't force cities or communities to store nuclear waste. We should allow private landowners to store it for compensation, not the public.
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    I don't know if it is me, but this bill appears to be just another ploy to secure additional funding from the Government, which the taxpayers bear the burden. With all due respect to Bob Dold (R-Il.), if your real concern is the effects to your city/state's economy and, more importantly, risks to its environment, how does money fix/address the problem. I would think that the effort should be on pressuring the Government to implement a permanent solution. In the interim, if money is needed to maintain/secure the facility, why would we not hold the responsible party to fund.
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    Why are we storing waste in cities and towns. This is an act of violence to the people. Companies should be force to rocket the fuel into the sun. We want green energy, why are we subsidizing ancient technology? End nuclear energy now
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    How about the electric companies who placed the spent fuel rods there instead of the taxpayers. I mean we didn't profit from it these companies did.
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    How about we open up the most viable option for storage, "Yucca" mountain.
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    If there is any compensation it should come from the company that is depositing said spent fuel. Also the cost for this should not be passed on to the customers.
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    This is really a no brainer. Of course they deserve compensation from the Federal Government… and the public has a right to know that their local governments store nuclear waste.
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