KRS Chapter 278: Nuclear Power Facilities (Kentucky)

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Place Kentucky

Applies to States or Provinces Kentucky
Name KRS Chapter 278: Nuclear Power Facilities (Kentucky)
Policy Category Other Policy
Policy Type Environmental Regulations, Safety and Operational Guidelines
Affected Technologies Nuclear
Active Policy Yes

Implementing Sector State/Province

Program Administrator Kentucky Public Service Commission
Primary Website

Last Review 2014-09-15

Information Source,


No construction shall commence on a nuclear power facility in the Commonwealth until the Public Service Commission finds that the United States government, through its authorized agency, has identified and approved a demonstrable technology or means for the disposal of high-level nuclear waste. The provisions of this section shall not be construed as applying to or precluding the following nuclear-based technologies, provided that electricity is not the primary output of the processes:

(a) Enrichment of depleted uranium hexafluoride tails;

(b) Processing of metals contaminated with radioactive materials;

(c) Recycling or reprocessing of spent nuclear fuels; and

(d) Nuclear-assisted coal or gas conversion processes.

If the requirements have been met, the Public Service Commission may certify a nuclear power facility if it finds that:

(1) Specific facilities with adequate capacity to contain high-level nuclear waste are in actual operation, or will be in operation at the time the nuclear power facility being certified requires the means for the disposal of high level nuclear waste;

(2) The plan for disposal of high level nuclear waste for the nuclear facility to be certified is in full conformity with the technology approved by the authorized agency of the United States government; and

(3) The cost of disposal of high level nuclear waste from the nuclear facility to be certified is known with reasonable certainty, such that an accurate economic assessment of the proposal can be completed.

Policy Contact

Department Kentucky Public Service Commission

Address P.O. Box 615
Address 2 211 Sower Boulevard
Place Frankfort, Kentucky
Zip/Postal Code 40602-0615
Phone 502-564-3940
Phone 2 1-800-772-4636
Fax (502) 564-3460


Authorities (Please contact the if there are any file problems.)

Authority 1: Kentucky Revised Statutes, Chapter 278
Date Effective 2012-07-23