SECTION 1. Section 69G of chapter 164 is hereby amended by inserting after the definition of “Construction” the following clause:
“Decommission(ing),” the permanent closure and discontinuation of the generation of electric power, at a generating facility, as defined in Section 69G of chapter 164, including the dismantlement, demolition, and removal of associated structures and equipment and remediation of site contamination as required by applicable regulatory requirements prior to reuse of the site for power generation and/or redevelopment for other commercial, industrial, residential, or public uses.
Section 69G of chapter 164 is hereby amended by inserting after the definition of “Oil facility” the following clause:
“Owner,” means any person who alone or in conjunction with others has legal ownership, a leasehold interest, or effective control over the real property upon which a generating facility is located, or the airspace above said real property; “owner” does not mean a mortgagee.
SECTION 2. The sixth paragraph of Section 69H of chapter 164 is hereby amended by inserting after the clause “to approve or reject petitions to construct facilities and notices of intention to construct an oil facility in accordance with the provisions of section sixty-nine J;” the following clause:-
to either approve, with or without conditions, or reject petitions to decommission a generating facility, fueled in whole or part by petroleum products, gas, or coal during some period of its operations, in accordance with the provisions of section 69H¼;
SECTION 3. Chapter 164 of the general laws, as so appearing, is hereby amended by inserting after Section 69H, the following Section:-
Section 69H¼. (a) The owner of a generating facility, fueled in whole or part by petroleum products, gas, or coal during some period of its operations, hereinafter “decommissioned facility,” shall decommission any such decommissioned facility in a timely manner and in accordance with the conceptual decommissioning plan required pursuant to subsection (b) and the final decommissioning plan approved by the board pursuant to subsection (c). Notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, no owner of a generating facility may seek recovery of any costs under this section in any rate proceeding before the department.
Before an owner may decommission a decommissioned facility, the owner shall submit a petition, in accordance with subsection (c), to the energy facility siting board. After considering the environmental impacts consistent with the minimization of costs associated with the mitigation, control, and reduction of the environmental impacts of decommissioning the decommissioned facility, the board may either approve, with or without conditions, or reject the petition. The owner shall not proceed with decommissioning the decommissioned facility until it receives written approval from the board. A decommissioned facility shall be deemed decommissioned on the date of the board's written determination approving the owner’s petition to decommission. Upon written approval by the board, the owner shall comply with the board’s written determination approving the petition to decommission.
(b) No later than one year after the effective date of regulations promulgated by the board in accordance with subsection (d), the owner of a decommissioned facility shall submit to the board for review and comment, a conceptual decommissioning plan that includes a narrative description of the activities necessary to decommission the generating facility described in subsection (a), and includes the following features:
i. all actions necessary to remediate all oil and hazardous materials, hazardous waste, solid waste and asbestos containing material, in accordance with chapter 21, chapter 21C, chapter 21E, sections 150A, and 150A ½ of chapter 111 and sections 142A-N of chapter 111 of the general laws;
ii. an environmental site assessment and plans for removal and proper disposal of all plant, property, and equipment in accordance with all applicable local and/or state building codes and other requirements; and
iii. a financial assurance mechanism, in a form acceptable to the board, to fulfill the terms of the conceptual decommissioning plan.
The board may submit comments to the owner within 60 days from receipt of the conceptual decommissioning plan.
(c) When the owner proceeds to decommission its generating facility, then prior to said decommissioning, the owner shall submit a petition to the board that shall include, at a minimum: (1) acknowledgment by the ISO New England, Inc. that such facility is or will be decommissioned and is no longer necessary for the reliable supply of electric power to the New England region; (2) an environmental site assessment to evaluate the extent of any adverse site impacts on the environment as a result of construction and operation of a decommissioned facility and prior uses of the site; and (3) a final decommissioning plan that includes:
i. a final report containing the findings of the environmental site assessment required under Section (b)(ii) above;
ii. a proposed schedule of remedial or corrective actions, as required based on the final assessment or other information as required in the previous subsection and in accordance with chapter 21, chapter, 21C, chapter 21E, sections 150A and 150A1/2 of chapter 111, and sections 142A-N of chapter 111 of the general laws;
iii. a commitment by the owner of the decommissioned facility/ to fulfill a proposed schedule of required actions necessary to dismantle, demolish and remove plant structures and equipment associated with said decommissioned facility;
iv. final plans, if necessary, based upon deviations from the conceptual decommissioning plans and/or the actions required under chapter 21, chapter 21C, chapter 21E, sections 150A and 150A1/2 of chapter 111, and sections 142A-N of chapter 111 of the general laws;
v. a description and schedule of proposed post-closure maintenance, monitoring and assessment activities necessary to protect the public health, safety and the environment;
vi. all actions necessary to remediate all oil and hazardous waste, hazardous material, solid waste and asbestos containing material, in accordance with chapter 21, chapter 21C, chapter 21E, sections 150A and 150A1/2 of chapter 111, and sections 142A-N of chapter 111of the general laws;
vii. a redevelopment plan prepared in consultation with the appropriate municipal officials, such as the mayor, city council, selectmen or town manager, wherein said decommissioned facility is located that identifies beneficial and feasible future uses of the site and the intended process to effect such uses;
viii. a financial assurance mechanism, in a form acceptable to the board, to fulfill the terms of the decommissioning plan;
ix. a commitment by the owner to make payments in lieu of taxes for a period of not less than five years after decommissioning; and
x. due consideration of any comments submitted to the owner after board review of the conceptual decommissioning plan submitted pursuant to subsection (b), and how those comments have been addressed.
If the owner of the decommissioned facility fails to comply with the approved final decommissioning plan, then the board may take the appropriate action to enforce the requirements contained in the approved final decommissioning plan.
(d) Within nine months from the effective date of this section, the board, in consultation with the Department of Environmental Protection, shall promulgate such rules and regulations as are necessary to carry out the provisions of this section.
SECTION 4. Section 69J¼ of Chapter 164 of the general laws, as so appearing, is hereby amended by inserting the following replacement clause at the end of the third paragraph: (v) any other information necessary to demonstrate that the generating facility meets the requirements for approval specified in this section, including the development of a financial assurance mechanism ensure the proper decommissioning of the facility; and advance preparations for the submission to the board of a decommissioning plan upon retirement of the generating facility. Before an owner retires a generating facility that filed a petition and received approval from the board under this section on or after June 15, 2013, the owner shall submit a petition to decommission to the board, which the board may either approve, with or without conditions, or reject, in accordance with chapter 164 section 69H1/4(a) -(c). The owner shall not proceed with decommissioning until it receives approval of the Board. The board may consult with other agencies of the Commonwealth or affected municipalities in reviewing the decommissioning plan.
SECTION 5. Section 69J¼ of Chapter 164 of the general laws, as so appearing, is hereby amended by repealing the (iv) clause of the first sentence of the fifth paragraph and inserting the following replacement (iv) clause of the first sentence of the fifth paragraph: (iv) such plans, including the eventual decommissioning of the generating facility, fueled in whole or part by petroleum products, gas, or coal during some period of its operations ,which minimize the environmental impacts consistent with the minimization of costs associated with the mitigation, control, and reduction of the environmental impacts of the proposed generating facility;
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