Missouri bill adds fees to radioactive waste shipments

| 4/1/2009

A bill in the Missouri House is intended to discourage shipments of radioactive waste through the state.

Sponsored by Sen. Kurt Schaefer, R-Columbia, the bill would require all shipments of radioactive waste traveling in and through the state to be assessed fees. The Senate already approved it by unanimous consent.

Currently, Missouri doesn’t charge fees for the transport of radioactive waste products.

“In the best interest of our citizens, we need to equalize the fee structure for radioactive waste coming through Missouri,” Schaefer said in a released statement. “We don’t want Missouri to be the radioactive waste pipeline for the country.”

Shippers who fail to pay fees or notify the Department of Natural Resources about shipments would face penalties up to 10 times the amount of the original assessed fee.

Revenues from the fees would be deposited into the state’s Environmental Radiation Monitoring Fund.

The measure calls for exempting from the fees and notification requirements radioactive waste being shipped by or for the federal government for military or national defense purposes.

The provisions in the bill would sunset after six years.

The bill – SB100 – is awaiting assignment to committee in the House.

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– By Keith Goble, state legislative editor

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