Senate Approves Bates' Resolution Urging Federal Action on San Onofre Nuclear Waste

Thursday, April 28, 2016

The State Senate today unanimously approved a resolution by Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) that urges Congress and President Obama to approve legislation that would move nuclear waste from the closed San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station to a safer location.

“It’s way past time for the federal government to move the nuclear waste stored at San Onofre to a location away from densely populated and environmentally sensitive areas,” said Bates. “I’m pleased that my State Senate colleagues have endorsed my call to Washington D.C. to approve pending legislation that would help make Orange and San Diego County residents safer. I applaud Congressman Darrell Issa’s steadfast leadership on finding a consensus that is fair to all Americans.”

Senate Joint Resolution 23 urges the passage of the federal Interim Consolidated Storage Act of 2016 (H.R. 4745), which is supported by Congressman Issa (R-Vista). H.R. 4745 would allow the federal government to move nuclear waste stored at or near California’s earthquake faults to more remote locations. It would authorize the U.S. Department of Energy to take title to nuclear waste in interim storage and contract with private companies to store the waste at a consolidated site.

The bill is needed because an existing proposal to store nuclear waste at Nevada’s Yucca Mountain has stalled. While the bill would not replace Yucca Mountain as a long-term solution, it would address the immediate concern in Southern California of San Onofre’s nuclear waste sitting near an active fault line and being adjacent to heavily-used Interstate 5 and the Pacific Ocean. H.R. 4745 is currently in the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Environment and the Economy.