Section 22-32-4

Published: 2015

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Section 22-32-4

Section 22-32-4Authorization to operate site; users' charges; lease or contract for operation and disposal of low-level radioactive wastes.

(a) The Alabama Department of Energy is authorized to operate a treatment, storage or disposal site for low-level radioactive wastes pursuant to any license issued by the Radiation Control Agency.

The Alabama Department of Energy is authorized to charge each user of any licensed site within the state that user's proportionate share of the costs for handling of the wastes. These costs shall be paid on the basis of a fee per volume of wastes received at each site. Such fee shall be paid to the Department of Energy and may include, but not be limited to costs of:

(1) Operating fund (as hereinafter provided for), including: labor and equipment, liability insurance, contingency costs, licensing and inspection fees of the Radiation Control Agency for operation of the site;

(2) Perpetual cost fund costs (as hereinafter provided for);

(3) Operating fund (as hereinafter provided for);

(4) State and county royalty fees (as hereinafter provided for); and

(5) Fees due for the Southeast Low-Level Radioactive Waste Management Commission.

If the department should collect more funds than costs, it may reduce the charges for the next year. The Department of Energy may not conduct any operations except in compliance with Title 22, Chapter 14.

(b) The Alabama Department of Energy may lease and/or contract with any qualified person to operate and dispose of low-level radioactive wastes on land owned by the Department of Energy and if appropriate, using equipment owned by the Alabama Department of Energy. Any lease and/or contract shall provide for the payment of the Alabama Department of Energy for at least the following: state and county royalty fees as hereinafter provided for, and a perpetual care fund hereinafter provided for. Further, the lease or contract shall provide for payment or establishment of the following: all licensing and inspection fees due the radiation control agency, a faithful performance bond in the amount of $2,000,000.00 to assure that adequate funds are available to close the site should the operator prematurely cease activities, 10 cents per cubic foot for the Alabama Department of Energy's administrative costs, a surety bond, liability insurance, and any fees due to the Southeast Low-Level Radioactive Waste Management Commission. No contract and/or lease shall authorize the disposal of radioactive material until a license authorizing such is issued by the Radiation Control Agency to the contractor-leasor. Any contract or lease shall require the contractor-leasor to comply with the requirements of Title 22, Chapter 14.

(Acts 1982, No. 82-328, p. 441, §4; Acts 1983, No. 83-511, p. 720, §4.)