HB15-1145

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HB15-1145 - Implement Federal Radioactive Materials Audit

Passed/Signed into Law
Concerning The Regulation Of Radioactive Materials, And, In Connection Therewith, Implementing An Audit Report Issued By The Federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

The federal nuclear regulatory commission (NRC) has primary jurisdiction over radioactive materials but has delegated that authority within Colorado to the state by agreement. Last year, the NRC audited Colorado's radiation regulatory program. The audit report listed numerous amendments to Colorado's radiation control statute that are necessary to maintain the delegated authority.

The bill implements the requirements and recommendations of the audit report and updates the radiation control statutes by:

  • Modifying and repealing definitions ( sections 1 and 7 of the bill);
  • Modifying the state board of health's authority to adopt rules ( section 2 ), including requiring NRC approval before the application of groundwater remediation standards that differ from federal standards ( section 3 );
  • Repealing an unnecessary exemption regarding the transportation of radioactive materials ( section 4 );
  • Repealing the state board's authority to issue a provisional medical license ( section 5 );
  • Increasing the amount of required financial assurance by reducing the assumed annual interest rate from 6% to 1% ( section 6 );
  • Clarifying that, in keeping with existing provisions of the "State Administrative Procedures Act", an administrative law judge may approve a radioactive material license application ( section 8 );
  • Clarifying limitations on the receipt of radioactive materials for processing and making conforming amendments ( section 8 ); and
  • Repealing an obsolete provision relating to the acquisition of sites under the federal "Uranium Mill Tailings Radiation Control Act of 1978" ( section 9 ).

Senate Committees

Latest update: April 8, 2015
04/08/2015 Governor Signed
03/30/2015 Sent to the Governor
03/30/2015 Signed by the Speaker of the House
03/30/2015 Signed by the President of the Senate
03/25/2015 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
03/24/2015 Senate Second Reading Passed - No Amendments
03/19/2015 Senate Committee on Health & Human Services Refer Unamended - Consent Calendar to Senate Committee of the Whole
03/03/2015 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Health & Human Services
02/25/2015 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
02/24/2015 House Second Reading Passed - No Amendments
02/19/2015 House Committee on Health, Insurance, & Environment Refer Unamended to House Committee of the Whole
01/28/2015 Introduced In House - Assigned to Health, Insurance, & Environment