CHAPTER 298a
ATOMIC ENERGY

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Sec. 16a-106. (Formerly Sec. 19-409d). Transporting of radioactive materials in the state. Permit required. Regulations. Exemptions. Penalty.

      Sec. 16a-106. (Formerly Sec. 19-409d). Transporting of radioactive materials in the state. Permit required. Regulations. Exemptions. Penalty. (a) No person shall transport into or through the state any of the following materials: (1) Any quantity of radioactive material specified as a "large quantity" by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission in 10 CFR, Part 71, entitled "Packaging of Radioactive Material for Transport", (2) any quantity of radioactive waste which has been produced as part of the nuclear fuel cycle and which is being shipped from or through the state to a waste disposal site or facility, or (3) any shipment of radioactive material or waste which is carried by commercial carrier and which is required in 10 CFR or 49 CFR to have a placard unless such person has been granted a permit to transport such materials from the Commissioner of Transportation.

      (b) Prior to the transporting of such materials, such person shall apply to the Commissioner of Transportation for a permit and provide said commissioner with the following information: (1) Name of shipper, (2) name of carrier, (3) type and quantity of radioactive material or waste, (4) proposed date and time of shipment, (5) starting point, scheduled route, and destination, and (6) any other information required by the commissioner. Said commissioner shall grant such permit upon a finding that the transporting of such material shall be accomplished in a manner necessary to protect the public health and safety of the citizens of the state. Such permit shall be granted or denied not later than three days, Saturdays and Sundays excluded, after such person has applied for such permit, except that if the commissioner determines that additional time is required to evaluate such application, the commissioner shall notify such person not later than such three-day period that such additional time is required. Said commissioner may require changes in dates, routes or time for the transporting of such material or the use of escorts in the transporting of such material or waste if necessary to protect the public health and safety. The commissioner may consult with the Commissioner of Energy and Environmental Protection and the Commissioner of Emergency Services and Public Protection prior to the granting of such permit and shall immediately notify the Commissioner of Emergency Services and Public Protection of the granting of any permit and of the terms and conditions of such permit. The Commissioner of Emergency Services and Public Protection shall establish an inspection procedure along scheduled routes to ensure compliance with permit conditions and with regulations adopted by the Commissioner of Transportation pursuant to subsection (c) of this section.

      (c) The Commissioner of Transportation shall, after consultation with the Commissioner of Energy and Environmental Protection, the Commissioner of Emergency Services and Public Protection, representatives of the federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission and the United States Department of Transportation, adopt regulations, pursuant to chapter 54, to carry out the provisions of this section. The Commissioner of Transportation shall, after consultation with the Commissioner of Emergency Services and Public Protection, establish by regulations adopted pursuant to chapter 54 a permit fee schedule commensurate with the cost of administering the provisions of this section.

      (d) This section shall not apply to radioactive materials shipped by or for the United States government for military or national security purposes or which are related to national defense. Nothing herein shall be construed as requiring the disclosure of any defense information or restricted data as defined in the Atomic Energy Act of 1954 and the Energy Reorganization Act of 1974, as amended.

      (e) Notwithstanding the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act, as defined in section 1-200, the Commissioner of Transportation shall not disclose to any person other than the Commissioner of Energy and Environmental Protection or the Commissioner of Emergency Services and Public Protection any information provided the Commissioner of Transportation pursuant to subsection (b) of this section prior to the completion of such shipment to which such information relates.

      (f) Any person who violates any provision of this section shall be fined not more than ten thousand dollars for each violation.

      (P.A. 76-321, S. 1, 2; P.A. 77-162; 77-614, S. 19, 486, 610; P.A. 79-527, S. 1; P.A. 90-230, S. 22, 101; P.A. 97-47, S. 21; P.A. 04-219, S. 8; P.A. 07-217, S. 68; P.A. 11-51, S. 157; 11-80, S. 1.)

      History: P.A. 77-162 prohibited transport of radioactive material or waste carried by commercial carrier and required to have a placard without permit in Subsec. (a); P.A. 77-614 replaced commissioner of planning and energy policy with secretary of the office of policy and management and, effective January 1, 1979, replaced commissioner of state police with commissioner of public safety and made state police department a division within department of public safety; P.A. 79-527 required notification of public safety commissioner when permit issued, required public safety commissioner to establish inspection procedure and required transportation commissioner to consult with public safety commissioner concerning regulations; Sec. 19-409d transferred to Sec. 16a-106 in 1983; P.A. 90-230 corrected a reference to the director of emergency management in Subsec. (c); P.A. 97-47 amended Subsec. (e) by substituting "the Freedom of Information Act, as defined in Sec. 1-18a" for list of sections; P.A. 04-219 amended Subsec. (c) to substitute Commissioner of Emergency Management and Homeland Security for director of emergency management, effective January 1, 2005; P.A. 07-217 made technical changes in Subsecs. (a) and (b), effective July 12, 2007; P.A. 11-51 replaced "Commissioner of Public Safety" and "Commissioner of Emergency Management and Homeland Security" with "Commissioner of Emergency Services and Public Protection" and made a technical change, effective July 1, 2011; pursuant to P.A. 11-80, "Commissioner of Environmental Protection" and "Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management" were changed editorially by the Revisors to "Commissioner of Energy and Environmental Protection", effective July 1, 2011.

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