Florida Senate - 2016 SM 1706 By Senator Sachs 34-01701-16 20161706__ 1 Senate Memorial 2 A memorial to the Congress of the United States, 3 urging Congress to stop increases in the federal loan 4 guarantee program for new nuclear energy facilities 5 and rescind any remaining funds, eliminate funding for 6 mixed oxide plutonium fuel fabrication plants, support 7 energy efficiency and renewable sources of energy, 8 fund nuclear waste immobilization, increase funding 9 for environmental cleanup programs, enact a moratorium 10 by the United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission on 11 nuclear waste operations until an appropriate, safe 12 way to transport and permanently store nuclear waste 13 is established and existing nuclear power plants and 14 temporary storage sites can be secured against 15 terrorist attacks, direct the United States Department 16 of Energy to monitor and ensure compliance with all 17 cleanup agreements and legacy management requirements, 18 and authorize a nationwide study to be conducted by 19 the United States National Security Council, the 20 United States Central Intelligence Agency, the United 21 States Department of Defense, the United States 22 Defense Intelligence Agency, and the United States 23 Department of Homeland Security to determine the best 24 energy mix with regard to national security. 25 26 WHEREAS, the President of the United States and the United 27 States Congress have taken the positive step of ending all 28 funding for the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository site, 29 which has already cost taxpayers $96.2 billion, in an effort to 30 provide taxpayers relief and protect our environment, and 31 WHEREAS, taxpayer dollars are being spent to fund the 32 construction of mixed oxide plutonium fuel fabrication plants 33 which will only exacerbate the environmental degradation of the 34 areas surrounding the sites, and 35 WHEREAS, investing in less expensive, faster, cleaner, and 36 safer renewable energy alternatives other than nuclear power and 37 immobilizing nuclear waste should be our foremost economic and 38 national security priorities, and 39 WHEREAS, sufficient funding for environmental cleanup is 40 necessary to ensure compliance with cleanup agreements and 41 legacy management requirements, and 42 WHEREAS, the United States Department of Energy has failed 43 to adequately ensure that our environmental cleanup obligations 44 are met and has fallen short on achieving the promise of 45 renewable energy, NOW, THEREFORE, 46 47 Be It Resolved by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 48 49 That the Congress of the United States is urged to: 50 (1) Stop increases in the federal loan guarantee program 51 for the construction of new nuclear energy facilities and 52 rescind any remaining funds. 53 (2) Eliminate funding for mixed oxide plutonium fuel 54 fabrication plants. 55 (3) Support energy efficiency and renewable sources of 56 energy. 57 (4) Fund nuclear waste immobilization. 58 (5) Increase funding for environmental cleanup programs. 59 (6) Enact a moratorium by the United States Nuclear 60 Regulatory Commission on nuclear waste operations until an 61 appropriate, safe way to transport and permanently store nuclear 62 waste is established and existing nuclear power plants and 63 temporary storage sites can be secured against terrorist 64 attacks. 65 (7) Direct the United States Department of Energy to 66 monitor and ensure compliance with all cleanup agreements and 67 legacy management requirements. 68 (8) Authorize a nationwide study to be conducted by the 69 United States National Security Council, the United States 70 Central Intelligence Agency, the United States Department of 71 Defense, the United States Defense Intelligence Agency, and the 72 United States Department of Homeland Security to determine the 73 best energy mix with regard to national security. 74 BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that copies of this memorial be 75 dispatched to the President of the United States, to the 76 President of the United States Senate, to the Speaker of the 77 United States House of Representatives, and to each member of 78 the Florida delegation to the United States Congress.