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relating to energy; nuclear waste; directing the commissioner of commerce to
assess federal progress in developing a permanent repository for high-level
radioactive waste; requiring reports; specifying actions to be taken by the
commissioner of commerce and Public Utilities Commission in certain
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA:
Section 1. CESSATION OF NUCLEAR WASTE FUND PAYMENTS.
1.9 Subdivision 1. Determination; report. The commissioner of commerce shall
1.10monitor the activities of the federal government with respect to its charge under the
1.11Nuclear Waste Policy Act, United States Code, title 42, section 10101 et seq., to develop
1.12and construct a permanent repository for the deposit of high-level radioactive waste
1.13generated from electric generating plants powered with nuclear fuel. No sooner than
1.14September 30, 2014, but no later than December 1, 2014, the commissioner of commerce
1.15shall make a determination as to whether adequate progress is being made to develop
1.16such a permanent repository, and shall submit a report containing the determination and
1.17evidence supporting it to the chairs and ranking minority members of the senate and house
1.18committees with primary jurisdiction over energy policy and environmental policy and the
1.19secretary of the Public Utilities Commission.
1.20 Subd. 2. Cessation of fee collection; fee recovery. (a) If the commissioner of
1.21commerce determines that adequate progress is not being made to develop a permanent
1.22repository, beginning January 1, 2015:
1.23(1) the Public Utilities Commission shall direct persons in Minnesota that are
1.24generating or holding title to high-level radioactive waste and that are subject to the fee
2.1deposited in the Nuclear Waste Fund, as specified in United States Code, title 42, section
2.210222, to cease collecting the fee from Minnesota ratepayers; and
2.3(2) the commissioner of commerce shall take appropriate action to recover all fees
2.4deposited by Minnesota utilities into the Nuclear Waste Fund since its inception, plus
2.6 (b) By April 15, 2015, the commissioner of commerce shall describe the actions it
2.7intends to take to fulfill its requirements under this subdivision in a report submitted to the
2.8same parties as the report required under subdivision 1. The report shall be updated on
2.9January 1, 2016, and each January 1 thereafter.
2.10EFFECTIVE DATE.This section is effective the day following final enactment.