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SENATE JOINT MEMORIAL NO. 107 – Global Nuclear Energy Partnership


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SJM107.....................................................by STATE AFFAIRS
GLOBAL NUCLEAR ENERGY PARTNERSHIP - Stating findings of the Legislature and
expressing support of the goals of the Global Nuclear Energy Partnership,
encouraging the Bush Administration, the United States Congress and the
Department of Energy to commit and provide the funding necessary to
complete the Global Nuclear Energy Partnership initiative, which is
critical to the long-term well-being of the United States, and concurring
that Idaho is the most suitable and preferred site for the Global Nuclear
Energy Partnership and other advanced nuclear and energy security research.
03/01    Senate intro - 1st rdg - to printing
03/02    Rpt prt - to 10th Ord
03/05    10th Ord - ADOPTED - voice vote
    Floor Sponsor - Davis
    Title apvd - to House
03/06    House intro - 1st rdg - to Env
03/09    Rpt out - rec d/p - to 2nd rdg
03/12    2nd rdg - to 3rd rdg
03/13    3rd rdg - ADOPTED - 56-9-5
      AYES -- Anderson, Andrus, Barrett, Bayer, Bedke, Bell, Bilbao, Black,
      Block, Boe, Bolz, Brackett, Bradford, Chadderdon, Clark, Collins,
      Crane, Durst, Edmunson, Eskridge, Hagedorn, Hart, Harwood, Henderson,
      Jaquet, Kren, Lake, Loertscher, Luker, Marriott, Mathews, McGeachin,
      Mortimer, Moyle, Nielsen, Nonini, Pence, Raybould, Ring, Roberts,
      Ruchti, Rusche, Sayler, Schaefer, Shepherd(2), Shirley, Shively,
      Smith(30), Smith(24), Snodgrass, Stevenson, Vander Woude, Wills,
      Wood(27), Wood(35), Mr. Speaker
      NAYS -- Bock, Chavez, Chew, Henbest, Killen, King, LeFavour, Ringo,
      Absent and excused -- Labrador, Pasley-Stuart, Patrick, Shepherd(8),
    Floor Sponsor - Mortimer
    Title apvd - To Senate
03/14    To enrol
03/15    Rpt enrol - Pres signed - Sp signed
03/16    To Secretary of State

Bill Text

  ]]]]              LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF IDAHO             ]]]]
 Fifty-ninth Legislature                   First Regular Session - 2007
                                       IN THE SENATE
                               SENATE JOINT MEMORIAL NO. 107
                                 BY STATE AFFAIRS COMMITTEE
  1                                   A JOINT MEMORIAL
  6        We,  your Memorialists, the Senate and the House of Representatives of the
  7    State of Idaho assembled in the First Regular Session of the Fifty-ninth Idaho
  8    Legislature, do hereby respectfully represent that:
  9        WHEREAS, it is in the best interests of Idaho individually and the  United
 10    States as a whole to embrace an energy policy that encompasses a diverse array
 11    of sources so as to avoid economic dislocations associated with undue reliance
 12    on  any  single  domestic  or  foreign energy source, while also accommodating
 13    carbon management concerns; and
 14        WHEREAS, it is the formal policy of  the  United  States  of  America,  as
 15    delineated  in  the Energy Policy Act of 2005, to include nuclear power in the
 16    nation's diverse energy portfolio; and
 17        WHEREAS, much of the developing  world  has  already  begun  an  ambitious
 18    effort  to  expand  the  use of noncarbon emitting nuclear power to supply its
 19    rapidly escalating demand for reliable baseload electricity; and
 20        WHEREAS, the President of the United States and the United States  Depart-
 21    ment  of  Energy  (DOE) have determined that this country's national interests
 22    are best served by creating an orderly international framework and  technology
 23    basis to guide the accelerating global expansion of nuclear energy; and
 24        WHEREAS, this new framework is embodied in the Global Nuclear Energy Part-
 25    nership  (GNEP),  which seeks to establish an international approach to extend
 26    the benefits of abundant nuclear-generated electricity to both  the  developed
 27    and  developing worlds, get the most energy possible from one of nature's most
 28    energy-dense power sources, create a final  waste  form  requiring  management
 29    attention  for a more limited amount of time,  and greatly decrease the poten-
 30    tial for misuse of used nuclear fuel; and
 31        WHEREAS, the United States DOE has asked communities and  states  to  help
 32    identify  possible  sites  wherein  the  enabling technologies behind the full
 33    realization of GNEP can be thoroughly examined and proven; and
 34        WHEREAS, community leaders in eastern Idaho have come together to identify
 35    sites in response to the DOE's request for help, realizing no other  state  in
 36    the  nation  has  the  proud nuclear legacy of Idaho, where usable electricity
 37    from the atom was first generated, breeder technology was first proven,  life-
 38    saving  medical  and industrial isotopes can and have been produced and fifty-
 39    two remarkable nuclear reactors were designed and built; and
 40        WHEREAS, the long-standing partnership between Idaho and the federal  gov-
 41    ernment  has  resulted in countless improvements in the design and safety per-
 42    formance of both commercial and military nuclear power systems, as well as the
 43    cost-effective and DOE-complex leading performance  of  environmental  cleanup
 44    activities  as prescribed by a detailed, yet accommodative 1995 agreement that
  1    ensures our state's environment is protected now and would continue to be pro-
  2    tected with any future projects.
  3        NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the members of the First Regular Session
  4    of the Fifty-ninth Idaho Legislature, the Senate and the House of  Representa-
  5    tives  concurring therein, that Idaho supports the goals of the Global Nuclear
  6    Energy Partnership and encourages this administration, the United States  Con-
  7    gress and the Department of Energy to commit and provide the funding necessary
  8    to complete the Global Nuclear Energy Partnership initiative which is critical
  9    to  the  long-term well-being of the United States and to concur that Idaho is
 10    the most suitable and preferred site for the Global Nuclear Energy Partnership
 11    and other advanced nuclear and energy security research.
 12        BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Secretary of the Senate  be,  and  she  is
 13    hereby  authorized  and  directed  to  forward  a copy of this Memorial to the
 14    President of the United States, the Secretary of the United States  Department
 15    of  Energy,  to  the   President of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of
 16    Representatives of Congress, and the congressional delegation representing the
 17    State of Idaho in the Congress of the United States.

Statement of Purpose / Fiscal Impact

                       STATEMENT OF PURPOSE

                            RS 17084C1

This memorial to representatives of the federal government is
intended to make clear the resolve of the State of Idaho to
continue its nearly 60-year partnership with the U.S. Department of
Energy and its predecessor agencies that has done and continues to
do so much to advance the energy supply and security interests of
the State of Idaho and these United States.

More specifically, as the U.S. Department of Energy moves
through its legally required process of conducting scoping hearings
on newly proposed major research projects, such as the Global
Nuclear Energy Partnership, this memorial represents the
Legislature's statement of support for this far-reaching nuclear
research and management initiative and for the site evaluation
process now under way that is studying the suitability of two Idaho
locations, along with 11 others across the nation.

                           FISCAL NOTE

There is no impact on the general fund.

Name: Senator Bart Davis 
Phone: 208-332-1000
Representative Dean Mortimer
Representative Russ Mathews

STATEMENT OF PURPOSE/FISCAL NOTE                           SJM 107