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06-S2348 on Mar 1, 2006

Legislation by 2008 Presidential Candidates: requiring public notification when nuclear releases occur
Source: Nuclear Release Notice Act (S.2348/H.R.4825)
OFFICIAL CONGRESSIONAL SUMMARY: A bill to require atomic energy plants to notify the Atomic Energy Commission, and the State and county in which a facility is located, whenever there is an unplanned release of fission products in excess of allowable limits.

SPONSOR'S INTRODUCTORY REMARKS: Sen. OBAMA: It was recently announced by Exelon Nuclear that an environmental monitoring program discovered higher than normal concentrations of tritium in the groundwater near their Nuclear Generating Station. Indications are that this tritium plume is the result of an accidental radioactive wastewater release that occurred approximately 6 to 8 years ago. Community residents did not receive full or immediate notification of this contamination.

I was surprised to learn, that while Federal law requires notification immediately upon a "declared emergency," Federal law does not require notification of any other accidental, unplanned, or unintentional radioactive substance releases that may occur if those releases do not immediately rise to a public health or safety threat. And while those incidents must be documented with the NRC and made available to the public, accessing that information is contingent upon the public actually knowing that these incidents ever occurred.

When radioactive substances are released into the environment outside of normal operating procedures, notifying State and local officials should not be a courtesy; it should be the law.

It is reasonable--and realistic--for nuclear power to remain on the table for consideration. Illinois has 11 nuclear power plants--the most of any state. The people of Illinois--and all residents who live near nuclear power plants--have a right to know when actions are taken that might affect their safety and well-being.

LEGISLATIVE OUTCOME:Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar; never came to a vote.

  • Topic: Energy & Oil
  • Headline: Require public notification when nuclear releases occur
  • Headline 2: Sponsored bill to notify public when nuclear releases occur

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Democrats participating in 06-S2348

Barbara Boxer s1oCA Democratic Jr Senator 
Hillary Clinton s1oNY Former Democratic Senator (NY); now Secretary of State 
Richard Durbin s2iIL Democratic Sr Senator 
Eliot Engel s1oNew York Democrat/Liberal 
Nita Lowey s1oNew York Democrat 
Barack Obama s2pIL Former Democratic Senator (until 2008) 
Jan Schakowsky s1oIllinois Democrat 

Republicans participating in 06-S2348

George Voinovich s1oOH Republican Sr Senator (retiring 2010) 
Jerry Weller s2pIllinois Republican (Retiring 2008) 

Independents participating in 06-S2348

Total recorded by OnTheIssues:

Democrats: 7
Republicans: 2
Independents: 0

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