SUBSTITUTE SENATE BILL NO. 5126
AS AMENDED BY THE HOUSE
C 106 L 89
State of Washington 51st Legislature 1989 Regular Session
By Senate Committee on Energy & Utilities (originally sponsored by Senators Benitz, Williams, Bluechel, Owen, Nelson, Stratton, Sutherland and Metcalf)
Read first time 1/27/89.
AN ACT Relating to a surveillance fee for low-level radioactive waste disposal; and amending RCW 70.98.085.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF WASHINGTON:
Sec. 1. Section 3, chapter 383, Laws of 1985 as amended by section 2, chapter 2, Laws of 1986 and RCW 70.98.085 are each amended to read as follows:
(1) The agency is empowered to suspend and reinstate site use permits consistent with current regulatory practices and in coordination with the department of ecology, for generators, packagers, or brokers using the Hanford low-level radioactive waste disposal facility.
agency shall collect a surveillance fee as an added charge on each cubic foot
of low level radioactive waste disposed of at the disposal site in this state
which shall be set at a level that is sufficient to fund completely the
radiation control activities of the agency ((
which are not otherwise covered
by cost recovery programs including, but not limited to, any funds from federal
sources: PROVIDED, That)) directly related to the disposal site,
including but not limited to the management, licensing, monitoring, and
regulation of the site. The surveillance fee shall not exceed four percent
of the basic minimum fee charged by an operator of a low-level radioactive
waste disposal site in this state. The basic minimum fee consists of the
disposal fee for the site operator, the fee for the perpetual care and
maintenance fund administered by the state, the fee for the state closure fund,
and the tax collected pursuant to chapter 82.04 RCW. Site use permit fees and
surcharges collected under chapter 43.200 RCW are not part of the basic minimum
fee. The fee shall also provide funds (( for other state agencies that incur
expenses as a result of the control and management of the disposal of low-level
radioactive waste in the state of Washington)) to the Washington state
patrol for costs incurred from inspection of low-level radioactive waste
shipments entering this state. Disbursements for (( these purposes to
other state agencies)) this purpose shall be by authorization of the
secretary of the department of social and health services or the secretary's
The agency may adopt such rules as are necessary to carry out its responsibilities under this section.