Senator Wolf has introduced 2 bills which will, if adopted, protect all Massachusetts taxpayers:
- The purpose of S1797 – AN ACT ESTABLISHING A FEE ON THE STORAGE OF
SPENT NUCLEAR FUEL IN POOLS would protect the economic interests of the Commonwealth by giving nuclear power plant owners a strong incentive to reduce the number of spent nuclear fuel assemblies in their spent fuel pool(s), and thus reduce the economic consequences of a spent fuel pool fire (which the Massachusetts Attorney General estimated to be up to $488 billion – 2011 dollars).
- S. 1798 – AN ACT ESTABLISHING FUNDING TO PROVIDE MONEYS FOR POSTCLOSURE ACTIVITIES AT NUCLEAR POWER STATIONS seeks to insure that, after Pilgrim, or any commercial reactor in the Commonwealth, closes, money will be available for a complete and timely decommissioning of the site thus protecting the economic interests of the Commonwealth. The Act would require the commercial nuclear reactor owner to pay an annual $25,000,000 post-closure funding fee to be placed in a trust fund in the office of the State Treasurer. After the reactor has been completely decommissioned, any excess in the fund will be returned to the plant owner, with interest.
Here is a letter to the Massachusetts Joint Committee on Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy bill in support of their approval of the above bills. The letter has room for one or many signatures!