Requires the state emergency management office to undertake a complete review of existing disaster preparedness plans; provides for the development of individual site specific disaster preparedness plans for nuclear power plants operating within the state.
BILL NUMBER: S227
TITLE OF BILL : An act to amend the executive law, in relation to disaster preparedness plans for nuclear power plants
PURPOSE : This legislation would direct the New York State Emergency Management Office to undertake a comprehensive review of existing disaster preparedness plans for nuclear power plants in New York State and upon completion of such review, develop individual site specific disaster preparedness plans for each nuclear power plant.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS : This legislation adds a new Section 23-c to the executive law requiring the New York SEMO to undertake a complete review of existing disaster preparedness plans relating to the State's nuclear power plants and to prepare site specific disaster preparedness plans for each nuclear plant.
JUSTIFICATION : In the wake of the September 11 attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, it is clear that the threat to the State's nuclear power plants is greater than ever before in the history of the State. There is a clear and obvious increased probability that nuclear power plants could be subject to a terrorist attack or other act of malice.
It is equally clear that existing disaster plans for nuclear power plants have not adequately taken into account the likelihood of such a threat. Therefore, this legislation is necessary in order to review existing plans to identify any weaknesses regarding terror attacks or acts of malice against nuclear power facilities.
Equally important is that we provide site specific disaster plans for each nuclear power plant in the State to insure that the public health safety and welfare can be adequately protected, or to identify whether protecting whether the public health, safety and welfare can be protected.
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY : 2007-08: S.148 2005-06: S.88 2003-04: S.859 2001-02: S.6642/A.9800.
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS : To be identified.
EFFECTIVE DATE : Immediately.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ S. 227 A. 336 2009-2010 Regular Sessions S E N A T E - A S S E M B L Y (PREFILED) January 7, 2009 ___________IN SENATE -- Introduced by Sen. LAVALLE -- read twice and ordered print- ed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs IN ASSEMBLY -- Introduced by M. of A. THIELE -- read once and referred to the Committee on Governmental Operations AN ACT to amend the executive law, in relation to disaster preparedness plans for nuclear power plants THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. The executive law is amended by adding a new section 23-c to read as follows: S 23-C. NUCLEAR POWER PLANT DISASTER PREPAREDNESS PLANS. THE NEW YORK STATE EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT OFFICE, IN CONSULTATION WITH NUCLEAR POWER PLANTS OPERATING WITHIN THIS STATE, IS HEREBY AUTHORIZED AND DIRECTED TO COORDINATE A COMPREHENSIVE REVIEW OF DISASTER PREPAREDNESS PLANS FOR SUCH POWER PLANTS AND, UPON COMPLETION OF SUCH REVIEW, DEVELOP INDIVID- UAL SITE SPECIFIC DISASTER PREPAREDNESS PLANS FOR EACH SUCH NUCLEAR POWER PLANT. THE REVIEW AND DEVELOPMENT OF SUCH DISASTER PREPAREDNESS PLANS SHALL INCLUDE, BUT NOT BE LIMITED TO, THE FOLLOWING: 1. THE REASONABLE TIME NECESSARY TO EVACUATE AN AREA SURROUNDING AN AREA GIVEN THE SIZE OF THE POPULATION RESIDING IN SUCH AREA; 2. THE LOCATION TO WHICH PEOPLE MAY BE EVACUATED IN THE EVENT OF A DISASTER; 3. THE FEASIBILITY OF EVACUATING AREAS WITHIN FIFTY MILES OF A POWER PLANT IN THE EVENT OF A SEVERE CORE DAMAGE ACCIDENT; 4. THE ROLE OF PUBLIC SAFETY AND SCHOOL PERSONNEL IN SAFELY RETURNING SCHOOL CHILDREN WITH THEIR PARENTS; 5. THE ISOLATION FROM CONSUMPTION OF CONTAMINATED FOOD AND WATER;EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD01023-01-9 S. 227 2 A. 336
6. THE EVACUATION OF PEOPLE FROM HOSPITALS AND OTHER INSTITUTIONS IN WHICH PATIENTS OR RESIDENTS HAVE SPECIAL NEEDS OR REQUIRE SPECIAL ATTEN- TION; AND 7. THE APPROPRIATENESS AND USEFULNESS OF IMPLEMENTING ANY OTHER DISAS- TER PREPAREDNESS PLAN OR OTHER PLAN IN THE EVENT OF A NUCLEAR POWER PLANT DISASTER. S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.