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Title: National Energy Legislation

The impact of state regulation of nuclear power, since PG&E and Silkwood, on the implementation of national energy policy on nuclear power is evident in the debates on federal legislation required for such implementation. The political demands that confront some states for an expanded role in the regulation of commercial nuclear power plants also confront Congress, which is responsible for the legislative implementation of the strategy proposed in the Report. The expansion of state and local regulation of nuclear plants, however, will complicate and possibly frustrate the efforts of Congress to enact the strategy for nuclear power into law. The debates on Senate Bill 1220, the National Energy Security Act of 1991, indicate that the expansion of state regulation of nuclear power will frustrate the implementation of the national energy policy on nuclear power. Senate Bill 1220 would enact a comprehensive national energy policy. For example, Title XI would further deregulate the production of natural gas; Title XIV is concerned with secure supplies, and the use of coal in the future. Senate Bill 1220 would also amend PUHCA. Of particular significance for nuclear power, however, are Titles VIII and IX. The House and Senate debates on House Bill 1301 andmore » Senate Bill 1220 are summarized.« less
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
456840
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Journal of Energy, Natural Resources amp Environmental Law; Journal Volume: 12; Journal Issue: 2; Other Information: PBD: 1992
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
21 NUCLEAR POWER REACTORS AND ASSOCIATED PLANTS; STATE GOVERNMENT; NUCLEAR POWER; NUCLEAR POWER PLANTS; REGULATIONS; US NATIONAL ENERGY PLAN; IMPLEMENTATION; LEGISLATION; POLITICAL ASPECTS