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          Date of Hearing:   April 27, 2015


                    ASSEMBLY COMMITTEE ON UTILITIES AND COMMERCE


                                Anthony Rendon, Chair


          AB 361  
          (Achadjian) - As Amended March 26, 2015


          SUBJECT:  California Emergency Services Act:  nuclear  
          powerplants


          SUMMARY:  This bill extends the sunset date of the Nuclear  
          Planning Assessment Special Account from July 1, 2019 to July 1,  
          2024, to continue funding emergency planning programs for the  
          Diablo Canyon Power Plant.  


          EXISTING LAW:  


          1)Authorizes local government entities to create disaster  
            councils and develop disaster plans, and prescribes funding  
            methods for state and local costs for carrying out these  
            activities. (Government Code Section 8550)



          2)Requires local governments to develop and maintain  
            radiological emergency preparedness and response plans to  
            safeguard the public in the emergency planning zone around a  
            nuclear power plant.  (Health and Safety Code Section 114660)










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          3)Generally makes the Office of Emergency Services responsible  
            for the coordination and integration of all emergency planning  
            programs and response plans.  (Health and Safety Code Chapter  
            4)


          FISCAL EFFECT:  Unknown.


          COMMENTS:  


           1)Need for the bill  :  Pacific Gas & Electric pays into the  
            Nuclear Planning Assessment Special Account under the Office  
            of Emergency Planning.  They are currently scheduled to stop  
            paying into the account on July 1, 2019, which is before their  
            current license expires in July, 2024.  Therefore, the nuclear  
            power plant could still be in operation without having to  
            contribute to the costs of emergency planning should an  
            emergency occur.  AB 316 addresses that disparity by extending  
            the sunset date of the Nuclear Planning Assessment Special  
            Account, and confirms that emergency programs are funded to  
            match the duration of the nuclear power plant's license.


           2)Suggested Amendments:  The author may wish to consider the  
            following clarifying amendments:


             On page 3, in line 11, after "(c)" insert:


            (1)


            Amend subsection (c), insert:










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            (2) Of the annual amount of two million forty-seven thousand  
            dollars ($2,047,000) for the 2009-10 fiscal year, the sum of  
            one million ninety-four thousand dollars ($1,094,000) shall be  
            for support of the office for activities pursuant to this  
            section and Chapter 4 (commencing with Section 114650) of Part  
            9 of Division 104 of the Health and Safety Code, and the sum  
            of nine hundred fifty-three thousand dollars ($953,000) shall  
            be for support of the State Department of Public Health for  
            activities pursuant to this section and Chapter 4 (commencing  
            with Section 114650) of Part 9 of Division 104 of the Health  
            and Safety Code.


            Amend subsection (h) to read: 


            This section shall become inoperative on July 1,  2024   2025  ,  
            and, as of January 1 , 2025   2026  ,    is repealed.


          REGISTERED SUPPORT / OPPOSITION:


          


          Support


          


          Alliance for Nuclear Responsibility


          Physicians for Social Responsibility of Los Angeles


          Sierra Club








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          Opposition





          None on file.




          Analysis Prepared by:Allegra Roth / U. & C. / (916) 319-2083