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Re: Californians Please Act

At 07:59 AM 4/30/01 -0700, Otto G. Raabe wrote:

>April 30, 2001


>California State Senate Bill 243, introduced by Senator Kuehl, will be

>discussed by the Senate Environmental Quality  Committee on Monday, May 7.

>(Chairman is Byron Sher.) It would be helpful to the Committee if each

>Californian radiation safety expert on this list sends a letter to that

>committee and its members with professional evaluations of the proposed

>bill. I believe you will find that the premises are fallacious, and that

>the passage of this bill would disrupt the orderly development of nuclear

>technology and place added burdens on the nuclear power industry. I believe

>that this is an anti-nuclear shark attack.


>Address you letters and to those listed at the end of this message. If any

>of the members are from your district, call them by phone as soon as possible.


>The Honorable Byron Sher, Chair, and Members

>Senate Committee on Environmental Quality

>Room 2082, State Capitol 

>Sacramento, CA 95814





>INTRODUCED BY   Senator Kuehl on FEBRUARY 14, 2001


>   An act to add Chapter 10 (commencing with Section 115300) to Part 9 of

>Division 104 of the Health and Safety Code, relating to radiation.




>SB 243, as introduced, Kuehl.  Radiation Safety Act of 2001.

>Existing law prohibits a person from burying, throwing away, or in any

>manner disposing of radioactive wastes within the state except in a manner

>and at locations that will result in no significant radioactive

>contamination of the environment.  Existing law authorizes the State

>Department of Health Services, by written order,

>to prohibit the disposal of radioactive wastes by any person when,

>upon investigation, it has determined that the disposal violates

>existing provisions concerning radioactive contamination.  Existing

>law authorizes the department, by written order, to prohibit the

>storage, packaging, transporting, or loading of radioactive wastes if

>there is a reasonable likelihood that the activities will result in

>significant radioactive contamination of the environment.

>   The existing Radiation Control Law requires the department, among

>other things, to issue licenses, and prohibits the department from

>issuing a license to receive radioactive material for disposal unless

>specified requirements are satisfied, including that the land on

>which the radioactive wastes are to be buried is owned by the federal

>or state government.  Existing law also requires the department to

>develop an overall plan for the management, treatment, and disposal

>of low-level radioactive waste generated in California.

>   This bill would state the intent of the Legislature to do all of

>the following:

>   (1) Prohibit shallow land burial of low-level radioactive waste

>and establish minimum qualifications for operators of low-level

>radioactive waste disposal facilities.

>   (2) Require the separation of the highly dangerous and more benign

>substances in low-level radioactive waste, and authorize the

>department to design and license an engineered facility for the

>temporary storage or disposal of low-level radioactive wastes

>generated by medicine, academia, and biotechnology.

>   (3) Require that all radioactive waste be disposed of in a

>facility licensed to receive radioactive waste.

>   (4) Require that the disposal of radioactive waste, and the

>remediation of contaminated sites, meet the current goals of the

>federal Environmental Protection Agency limiting exposure to

>radioactivity to a prescribed degree.

>   (5) Prohibit any site contaminated by radioactive waste from a

>nuclear reactor from being zoned for residential use.

>   Vote:  majority.  Appropriation:  no.  Fiscal committee:  no.

>State-mandated local program:  no.






>  SECTION 1.  Chapter 10 (commencing with Section 115300) is added to

>Part 9 of Division 104 of the Health and Safety Code, to read:




>   115300.  This chapter shall be known and may be cited as the Radiation

>Safety Act of 2001.

>   115301.  (a) The Legislature finds and declares that the practice of

>disposing of low-level radioactive waste in shallow trenches has proven to

>be unsafe in numerous locations throughout the country.

>   (b) It is the intent of the Legislature to prohibit shallow land burial

>of low-level radioactive waste and establish minimum qualifications for

>operators of low-level radioactive waste disposal facilities.

>   115302.  (a) The Legislature finds and declares that low-level

>radioactive waste includes highly dangerous substances as well as more

>benign substances such as those used in medicine, academic research, and


>   (b) It is the intent of the Legislature to separate the waste streams

>and authorize the State Department of Health Services to design and license

>an engineered facility for the temporary storage or disposal of low-level

>radioactive wastes generated by medicine, academia, and biotechnology.

>   115303.  (a) The Legislature finds and declares that the proposed policy

>of the State Department of Health Services to deregulate certain

>radioactive waste would inadequately protect the public health.

>   (b) It is the intent of the Legislature to require that all radioactive

>waste be disposed of in a facility licensed to receive radioactive waste,

>and to require that the disposal of all radioactive waste, and the

>remediation of all sites contaminated with radioactivity, meet the current

>goals of the federal Environmental Protection Agency limiting exposure to

>radioactivity to the extent that it will cause no more than one additional

>fatal cancer in one out of every million people.

>   115304.  (a) The Legislature finds and declares that the National

>Academy of Sciences has determined that restrictions on the use of property

>contaminated by radioactivity intended to protect the public from radiation

>exposure will not last as long as many radioactive substances remain

>dangerous, which may be hundreds of thousands of years.

>   (b) It is the intent of the Legislature to prohibit any site

>contaminated by radioactive waste from a nuclear reactor from being zoned

>for residential use.




>Meets every 1st and 3rd Monday, 1:30 pm in Room 112. 

>JURISDICTION:  Bills relating to environmental quality, air quality, 

>water quality, integrated waste management, toxics, and hazardous waste. 



>Senator Byron Sher (Chair), D

>Senator Bruce McPherson (Vice Chair), R

>Senator Wesley Chesbro, D

>Senator Liz Figueroa, D

>Senator Sheila Kuehl, D

>Senator Tom McClintock, R

>Senator Jack O'Connell, D 


>Addresses & Staff:

>Staff Director:

>Kip Lipper


>Arnie Peters and Randy Pestor


>Ann Boone


>(916) 324-0894, Room 2203





>Democrat, Stanford

>Senate District 11

>Parts of San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties. Main Cities: Atherton, 

>Cupertino, Half Moon Bay, Los Gatos, Menlo Park, Palo Alto, Redwood City, San 

>Jose, Saratoga, Sunnyvale, and Woodside.


>Capitol office:

>State Capitol, Room 2082

>Sacramento, CA 95814

>Phone:  (916) 445-6747

>Fax:    (916) 323-4529



>In San Mateo County use:


>Fax (650)364-2102100 


>San Jose office:

>Paseo de San Antonio, Ste. 206

>San Jose, CA 95113

>(408) 277-9460

>Fax (408) 277-9464




>Republican, Santa Cruz

>Senate District 15

>Monterey, San Benito, and Santa Cruz Counties. Part of Santa Clara County. 

>Main Cities: Gilroy, Hollister, Monterey, Morgan Hill, Salinas, Santa Cruz, 



>Capitol office:

>State Capitol, Room 3076

>Sacramento, CA 95814

>Phone: (916) 445-5843



>Santa Cruz Office:

>701 Ocean St., Room 318

>Santa Cruz, CA 95060

>Phone: (831) 425-0401

>FAX: (831) 425-5124


>Salinas Office:

>25 San Juan Grade Rd., Ste 150

>Salinas, CA 93906

>Phone: (831) 443-3402

>FAX: (821) 443-3407




>Democrat, Arcata

>Senate District 2

>Del Norte, Humboldt, Lake, Mendocino, Napa, Sonoma, and Solano. Main Cities: 

>Eureka, Napa, Santa Rosa, Ukiah, Vallejo.


>Capitol Office:

>State Capitol, Room 4081

>Sacramento, CA 95814

>Phone: (916) 445-3375

>FAX: (916) 323-6958



>Santa Rosa office:

>50 D St., Ste 120A

>Santa Rosa, CA 95404

>Phone: (707) 576-2771

>FAX: (707) 576-2773




>Democrat, Fremont

>Senate District 10

>Parts of Alameda and Santa Clara counties. Main cities: Castro Valley, 

>Fremont, Hayward, Milpitas, Newark, San Jose, San Leandro, San Lorenzo, Union 



>Capitol office:

>State Capitol, Room 2057

>Sacramento, CA 95814

>(916) 445-6671

>Fax (916) 327-2433


>District offices:

>43271 Mission Blvd.

>Fremont, CA 94539

>Phone: (510) 413-5960 and (408) 286-0329

>Fax: (510) 413-5965 


>313 W. Winton Ave., Ste 277

>Hayward, CA 94544

>Phone: (510) 780-1393

>FAX: (510) 780-1395




>Democrat, Los Angeles

>Senate District 23

>Part of Los Angeles county. Main Cities: Beverly Hills, Calabasas, Encino, 

>Hollywood, Santa Monica, Sherman Oaks, Studio City, Tarzana, Topanga, West 

>Hollywood, West Los Angeles, Westlake Village, Woodland Hills


>Capitol office:

>State Capitol, Room 4032

>Sacramento, CA 95814

>Phone: (916) 445-1353

>Fax: (916) 324-4823


>District office:

>10951 W. Pico Blvd. Ste 202

>Los Angeles, CA 90064

>Phone: (310) 441-9084

>Fax: (310) 441-0724 




>Republican, Thousand Oaks

>Senate District 19

>Parts of Los Angeles and Ventura Counties. Main Cities: Camarillo, Canoga 

>Park, Castaic, Chatsworth, Fillmore, Granada Hills, Los Angeles, Moorpark, 

>Northridge, Oak Park, Oxnard, Port Hueneme, Simi Valley, Stevenson Ranch, 

>Thousand Oaks


>Capitol office:

>Room 3070, State Capitol

>Sacramento, CA 95814

>Phone:  (916) 445-8873

>Fax:    (916) 324-7544



>District office:

>223 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Ste 326

>Thousand Oaks, CA 91360

>Phone:  (805) 494-8808

>Fax:    (805) 494-8812




>Democrat, Santa Barbara

>Senate District 18

>San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara Counties. Part of Ventura County. Main 

>cities: Atascadero, Buellton, Carpinteria, Lompoc, Morrow Bay, Ojai, Paso 

>Robles, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Santa Paula, Santa Maria, Solvang, 



>Capitol office:

>State Capitol, Room 5035

>Sacramento, CA 95814

>Phone:   (916) 445-5405

>Fax:     (916) 322-3304



>District offices:

>228 W. Carrillo, Suite F

>Santa Barbara, CA 93101

>Phone:  (805) 966-2296

>Fax:    (805) 966-3707 


>1260 Chorro St., Suite A

>San Luis Obispo, CA 93401

>Phone:  (805) 547-1800

>Fax:    (805) 547-1871 


>89 S. California St., Ste E

>Ventura, CA 93001

>Phone:  (805) 641-1500

>Fax:    (805) 641-3647 



>Prof. Otto G. Raabe, Ph.D., CHP

>Institute of Toxicology & Environmental Health

>(Street Address: Bldg. 3792, Old Davis Road) 

>University of California, Davis, CA 95616

>E-Mail: ograabe@ucdavis.edu

>Phone: (530) 752-7754   FAX: (530) 758-6140



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Dear Otto and Radsafers:

Anyone wishing a copy of the letter sent by ACNP-California, e-mail me a

request.  I agree entirely with Otto that this is very important.  I will be

out of town and out of touch for several weeks beginning this weekend, so

send me your requests as early as possible.  In a pinch, Al Pasternak has a

copy <apasconslt@aol.com>.

Ciao, Carol

Carol S. Marcus, Ph.D., M.D.



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