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48-1621.Terms and conditions of licenses; transfer of title to state, when. (a) Any radioactive materials license issued or renewed after the effective date of this act for any activity which results in the production of by-product material or source material mill tailings shall contain such terms and conditions as the secretary determines to be necessary to assure that, prior to termination of such license:

(1) The licensee will comply with decontamination, decommissioning and reclamation standards prescribed by the secretary which shall be equivalent, to the extent practicable, or more stringent than those of the United States nuclear regulatory commission for sites: (A) At which ores were processed primarily for their source material content; and (B) at which such by-product material or mill tailings are deposited; and

(2) ownership of any disposal site and such by-product material or mill tailings which resulted from the licensed activity shall, subject to the provisions of subsection (b), be transferred to: (A) The United States; or (B) the state, if the state exercises the option to acquire land used for the disposal of such by-product material or mill tailings. Any license which is in effect on the effective date of this act and which is subsequently terminated without renewal shall comply with paragraphs (1) and (2) of this subsection (a) upon termination.

(b) (1) The secretary shall require by rule and regulation, or order that, prior to the termination of any license which is issued after the effective date of this act, title to the land, including any interests therein, other than land held in trust by the United States for any Indian tribe or owned by an Indian tribe subject to a restriction against alienation imposed by the United States or land already owned by the United States or by the state, which is used pursuant to such license for the disposal of by-product material or source material tailings shall be transferred to: (A) The United States; or (B) the state, unless the United States nuclear regulatory commission determines prior to such termination that transfer of title to such land and such by-product material or mill tailings is not necessary or desirable to protect the public health, safety or welfare or to minimize danger to life or property.

(2) If transfer to the state of title to such by-product material or mill tailings and land is required, the secretary shall, following the United States nuclear regulatory commission's determination that the licensee has complied with applicable standards and requirements under the license, assume title to such by-product material or mill tailings and land and maintain such by-product and mill tailings and land in such manner as will protect the public health and safety and the environment.

(3) The secretary is authorized to undertake such monitoring, maintenance and emergency measures as are necessary to protect the public health and safety for those materials and property for which custody has been assumed pursuant to this act.

(4) The transfer of title to land or by-product materials or source material mill tailings to the United States or the state shall not relieve any licensee of liability for any fraudulent or negligent acts done prior to such transfer.

(5) By-product material and mill tailings and land transferred to the United States or the state in accordance with this subsection: (A) Shall be transferred without cost to the United States or the state other than administrative and legal costs incurred by the United States or the state in carrying out such transfer; or (B) in licensing and regulation of by-product material and source material tailings or of any activity which results in the production of by-product material and such tailings, the secretary shall require compliance with applicable standards promulgated by the secretary which are equivalent, to the extent practicable, or more stringent than, standards adopted and enforced by the United States nuclear regulatory commission for the same purpose, including requirements and standards promulgated by the United States environmental protection agency.

History: L. 1984, ch. 198, § 14; July 1.



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