2005 - 2006 LEGISLATURE
February 13, 2006 - Introduced by Senators Leibham, A. Lasee, Reynolds, Zien and
Grothman, cosponsored by Representatives Huebsch, Montgomery, F. Lasee,
Ziegelbauer, Bies, Owens, LeMahieu, Nischke, Jeskewitz, Suder, Jensen,
Musser, Vos, Albers, Gottlieb, Honadel and Nerison. Referred to
Committee on Energy, Utilities and Information Technology.
1An Act to repeal
196.493; and to amend
196.491 (3) (d) (intro.) of the statutes; 2relating to: requirements for approval of construction of nuclear power plants.
Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau
Under current law, the Public Service Commission (PSC) may not approve the
construction of a nuclear power plant unless the PSC makes two findings. First, the
PSC must find that a facility inside or outside of the United States is available for
adequate disposal of all high-level nuclear waste from all nuclear power plants
operating in this state, including the proposed plant. Second, the PSC must find that
the proposed plant, in comparison with feasible alternatives, is economically
advantageous to ratepayers. The second finding must be based on the following
factors: 1) the existence of a reliable and adequate nuclear fuel supply; 2) the costs
for constructing, operating, and decommissioning nuclear power plants and for
disposing of nuclear waste; and 3) any other factor having an impact on the
economics of nuclear power plants, as determined by the PSC.
This bill eliminates the requirement for the PSC to make the two findings
described above. Therefore, under the bill, a proposed nuclear power plant is subject
to the same approval requirements applicable to the construction of other power
For further information see the state fiscal estimate, which will be printed as
an appendix to this bill.
The people of the state of Wisconsin, represented in senate and assembly, do
enact as follows:
SB594, s. 1
196.491 (3) (d) (intro.) of the statutes is amended to read:
(d) (intro.) Except as provided under par. (e) and s. 196.493
, the 3
commission shall approve an application filed under par. (a) 1. for a certificate of 4
public convenience and necessity only if the commission determines all of the 5
SB594, s. 2
196.493 of the statutes is repealed.