ENGROSSED SUBSTITUTE SENATE BILL NO. 6033
AS AMENDED BY THE HOUSE
C 322 L 89
State of Washington 51st Legislature 1989 Regular Session
By Senate Committee on Energy & Utilities (originally sponsored by Senators Benitz and Stratton)
Read first time 3/1/89.
AN ACT Relating to radioactive affairs; amending RCW 43.200.015, 43.200.020, 43.200.030, 43.200.050, 43.200.070, and 43.200.150; repealing RCW 43.200.025, 43.200.040, 43.200.050, 43.200.060, 43.200.090, 43.200.100, 43.200.110, 43.200.120, 43.200.130, 43.200.140, 43.200.142, 43.200.144, 43.200.150, 43.200.160, and 43.200.904; and providing contingent effective dates.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF WASHINGTON:
Sec. 1. Section 1, chapter 161, Laws of 1984 as amended by section 1, chapter 293, Laws of 1985 and RCW 43.200.015 are each amended to read as follows:
As used in this chapter, the following terms have the meanings indicated unless the context clearly requires otherwise.
means the nuclear waste board established in RCW 43.200.040. (2)
"Federal department of energy" means the federal department of energy
or any successor agency assigned responsibility for the long-term disposal of
high-level radioactive waste. (3)
"Nuclear regulatory commission" means the United States nuclear
regulatory commission or any successor agency responsible for approving
construction of a repository for the long-term disposal of high-level
radioactive waste and spent nuclear fuel. (4)
"Hanford candidate site" means the site identified by the United
States department of energy as a potentially acceptable site for the disposal
of spent nuclear fuel and high-level radioactive waste pursuant to the nuclear
waste policy act of 1982. (5))) "High-level radioactive waste" means
"high-level radioactive waste" as the term is defined in 42 U.S.C.
Sec. 10101 (P.L. 97-425).
(2) "Low-level radioactive waste" means waste material that
contains radioactive nuclides emitting primarily beta or gamma radiation, or
both, in concentrations or quantities that exceed applicable federal or state
standards for unrestricted release. Low-level waste does not include waste
containing more than one hundred nanocuries of transuranic contaminants per
gram of material, nor spent (( reactor)) nuclear fuel, nor
material classified as either high-level radioactive waste or waste that is
unsuited for disposal by near-surface burial under any applicable federal
(3) "Radioactive waste" means both high-level and low-level
(4) "Spent nuclear fuel" means spent nuclear fuel as the term
is defined in 42 U.S.C. Sec. 10101.
(5) "Department" means the department of ecology.
Sec. 2. Section 2, chapter 19, Laws of 1983 1st ex. sess. as amended by section 2, chapter 161, Laws of 1984 and RCW 43.200.020 are each amended to read as follows:
nuclear waste board shall carry out the authority and responsibility set forth
in this chapter.)) The department of ecology is designated as the
executive branch agency for participation in the federal nuclear waste policy
act of 1982 and the federal low-level radioactive waste policy act of 1980,
however the legislature retains an autonomous role with respect to
participation in all aspects of the federal nuclear waste policy act of 1982.
The (( board and the)) department may receive federal financial
assistance for carrying out radioactive waste management activities, including
assistance for expenses, salaries, travel, and monitoring and evaluating the
program of repository exploration and siting undertaken by the federal
board shall submit a written report at least semiannually to the governor and
to each member of the legislature on the radioactive waste program, its
progress in carrying out its responsibilities, and any recommendations for
legislative or administrative action that will improve the state's management
and control activity in maximizing public health and safety.))
Sec. 3. Section 3, chapter 19, Laws of 1983 1st ex. sess. as amended by section 4, chapter 161, Laws of 1984 and RCW 43.200.030 are each amended to read as follows:
departments, agencies, and officers of this state and its subdivisions shall
cooperate with the ((
board)) department of ecology in the
furtherance of any of its activities pursuant to this chapter.
Sec. 4. Section 5, chapter 19, Laws of 1983 1st ex. sess. as amended by section 6, chapter 161, Laws of 1984 and RCW 43.200.050 are each amended to read as follows:
advisory council is hereby established of ((
not less than fifteen)) nineteen
members, eleven of whom shall be appointed by the governor (( to
provide advice)) and eight of whom shall be legislators. The advisory
council shall advise, counsel, and make recommendations to the (( board))
department on all aspects of the radioactive waste management program.
The council shall particularly advise the (( board)) department on
maximizing opportunities for public involvement in the program, soliciting
public input, and assisting in the need for wide understanding of the issues
involved in nuclear waste management. The governor shall appoint the chairman
of the advisory council (( who shall also serve as chairman of the nuclear
nonlegislative members of the council appointed by the governor
shall be selected from all areas of the state and shall include a broad range
, representatives of local governments, and representatives of
such other interests as the governor determines will best further the purposes
of this chapter)). A representative of an affected Indian tribe (( may))
shall be (( an ex officio nonvoting)) appointed by the governor
as a member of the council. Terms of the nonlegislative council
members shall not exceed two years and they shall continue to serve until their
successors are appointed. Vacancies in a nonlegislative position shall
be filled in the same manner as original appointments. (( Members may be
reappointed.)) The governor may reappoint a nonlegislative member and
may appoint a replacement for (( any)) a nonlegislative
council member who is temporarily unable to fulfill the responsibilities
required of a council member. The replacement shall serve at the pleasure of
the governor. Nonlegislative members shall receive reimbursement for
travel expenses incurred in the performance of their duties in accordance with
RCW 43.03.050 and 43.03.060.
(3) Four members from the house of representatives shall be appointed to the council by the speaker of the house of representatives and four members from the senate shall be appointed by the president of the senate. No more than two members of each house may be of the same political party. The legislative members shall serve at the pleasure of the appointing officer. The legislative members shall receive reimbursement for travel expenses in accordance with RCW 44.04.120.
(4) The council shall hold its meetings at various locations within the state.
Sec. 5. Section 7, chapter 19, Laws of 1983 1st ex. sess. as last amended by section 5, chapter 2, Laws of 1986 and RCW 43.200.070 are each amended to read as follows:
and/or the)) department of ecology shall adopt such rules as are necessary
to carry out responsibilities under this chapter. The department of ecology is
authorized to adopt such rules as are necessary to carry out its
responsibilities under chapter 43.145 RCW.
Sec. 6. Section 14, chapter 161, Laws of 1984 as amended by section 4, chapter 293, Laws of 1985 and RCW 43.200.150 are each amended to read as follows:
department shall provide administrative and technical staff support as
requested by the ((
board)) advisory council established by RCW
43.200.050. (( As directed by the board, the department shall be
responsible for obtaining and coordinating technical expertise necessary for
board participation in nuclear waste programs and shall be responsible for
ongoing technical coordination and administration of program activities.))
Other state agencies shall assist the (( board)) council in
fulfilling its duties to the fullest extent possible. The (( board and/or
the)) department may contract with other state agencies to obtain expertise
or input uniquely available from that agency. (( The board may contract with
private parties to obtain expertise or input necessary to perform any study
required in this chapter, for which it shall seek funding from the federal
NEW SECTION. Sec. 7. The following acts or parts of acts are each repealed:
(1) Section 3, chapter 161, Laws of 1984 and RCW 43.200.025;
(2) Section 4, chapter 19, Laws of 1983 1st ex. sess., section 5, chapter 161, Laws of 1984, section 91, chapter 287, Laws of 1984 and RCW 43.200.040;
(3) Section 5, chapter 19, Laws of 1983 1st ex. sess. as last amended by section 4 of this act and RCW 43.200.050;
(4) Section 6, chapter 19, Laws of 1983 1st ex. sess., section 7, chapter 161, Laws of 1984 and RCW 43.200.060;
(5) Section 14, chapter 19, Laws of 1983 1st ex. sess. and RCW 43.200.090;
(6) Section 9, chapter 161, Laws of 1984 and RCW 43.200.100;
(7) Section 10, chapter 161, Laws of 1984 and RCW 43.200.110;
(8) Section 11, chapter 161, Laws of 1984 and RCW 43.200.120;
(9) Section 12, chapter 161, Laws of 1984 and RCW 43.200.130;
(10) Section 13, chapter 161, Laws of 1984 and RCW 43.200.140;
(11) Section 2, chapter 293, Laws of 1985, section 85, chapter 505, Laws of 1987 and RCW 43.200.142;
(12) Section 3, chapter 293, Laws of 1985 and RCW 43.200.144;
(13) Section 14, chapter 161, Laws of 1984 as last amended by section 6 of this act and RCW 43.200.150;
(14) Section 5, chapter 293, Laws of 1985 and RCW 43.200.160; and
(15) Section 6, chapter 293, Laws of 1985 and RCW 43.200.904.
NEW SECTION. Sec. 8. If the Hanford federal agreement and consent order announced February 27, 1989, is executed within ninety days after the end of the legislative session in which this bill is passed by the legislature, section 7 (1), (2), (4) through (12), (14), and (15) of this act shall take effect ninety days after the end of the legislative session in which this bill is passed by the legislature. If the Hanford federal agreement and consent order is not executed during that ninety-day period, section 7 (1), (2), (4) through (12), (14), and (15) of this act shall take effect on the date the agreement and consent order is executed, or June 30, 1990, whichever is earlier. Section 7 (3) and (13) of this act shall take effect June 30, 1994.