|S.F. No. 2081 - Elimination of Certificate of Need Prohibition;
Nuclear Energy Study
|Author:||Senator Steve Murphy|
|Prepared by:||Dalene Sliwa, Senate Research (651/296-1890)|
|Date:||April 16, 2007|
Section 1, subdivision 3b, removes the prohibition that the Public Utilities Commission may not
issue a certificate of need for construction of a new nuclear power plant. Changes the requirement
that a certificate of need for additional storage of spent nuclear fuel "shall" address the impacts of
continued operations over the period for which approval is sought to "must" address the impacts of
continued operations over the period for which approval is sought.
Section 2 extends the repeal date of Minnesota Statutes 2006, section 216C.051, (Legislative Electric Energy Task Force) from June 30, 2007, to June 30, 2008.
Section 3, subdivision 1, provides that the Legislative Electric Energy Task Force shall contract with an entity to conduct a comprehensive study of the economic and environmental costs and benefits of constructing a new nuclear power plant in Minnesota. Specifies the requirements of the study including an investigation of:
estimated cost of storing the plant's nuclear waste on site
health effects associated with human exposure to the plant's emissions
Subdivision 2 requires a report on the study's findings to the Legislative Electric Energy Task Force by March 1, 2008.
Subdivision 3 provides that the cost of the report must not exceed $200,000, to be paid from revenues raised through the Legislative Electric Energy Task Force.
Section 4 provides that sections 1 to 3 are effective the day following enactment.
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