SB14-192 - Uranium Processing Groundwater Protection

Passed/Signed into Law
Concerning The Regulation Of Facilities Licensed With Regard To Classified Radioactive Materials.

Section 1 of the bill specifies that:

  • Groundwater wells affected by the release of radioactive materials must be restored to at least the numeric groundwater standards, as established by the water quality control commission, that apply to the historic uses of the wells;
  • Licensed radioactive materials facilities must notify the department of public health and environment as soon as practicable upon discovery of any spill or release involving toxic or radioactive materials and provide an initial written report within 7 days after any such discovery; and
  • The department must post the reports on the department's web site no later than 7 days after receipt by the department.

Section 2 defines the "processing" of classified radioactive material as any physical or chemical concentration of classified material or underground aqueous extraction of ore, where a primary purpose is recovering uranium or thorium.

Current law requires a radioactive materials license applicant to pay up to $50,000 to the local board of county commissioners for its reasonable and necessary expenses to respond to the application; section 3 adjusts that figure for inflation since 2003. Section 3 also modifies the timing of the department's license review process, including the issuance of a draft decision and final draft decision.

Latest update: June 5, 2014
06/05/2014 Governor Signed
05/15/2014 Sent to the Governor
05/15/2014 Signed by the Speaker of the House
05/15/2014 Signed by the President of the Senate
05/07/2014 House Considered Senate Adherence - Result was to Recede
05/05/2014 Senate Considered House Amendments - Result was to Adhere
05/05/2014 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
05/02/2014 House Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Committee
05/02/2014 House Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole
05/02/2014 House Committee on Finance Re-Refer Unamended to Appropriations
05/02/2014 House Committee on Appropriations Refer Unamended to Finance
05/01/2014 House Committee on Transportation & Energy Refer Amended to Appropriations
04/30/2014 Introduced In House - Assigned to Transportation & Energy
04/30/2014 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
04/29/2014 Senate Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Committee, Floor
04/25/2014 Senate Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended to Senate Committee of the Whole
04/24/2014 Senate Committee on Health & Human Services Refer Amended to Appropriations
04/11/2014 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Health & Human Services

3rd Reading Vote Summary - SB14-192*

House Vote Summary - May 05, 2014
Yes No Excused Absent
43 22 0 0
Senate Vote Summary - April 30, 2014
Yes No Excused Absent
31 4 0 0
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