(1) Prior to transporting any high-level radioactive waste, spent nuclear fuel, transuranic waste, or any quantity of special nuclear material or by-product material that meets or exceeds the highway route controlled quantity, within, into, or through the state, the shipper of the material shall notify the executive director of the emergency management agency established under section 5502.22 of the Revised Code of the shipment. The notice shall be in writing and be sent by certified mail and shall include the name of the shipper; the name of the carrier; the type and quantity of the material; the transportation mode of the shipment; the proposed date and time of shipment of the material within, into, or through the state; and the starting point, termination or exit point, scheduled route, and each alternate route, if any, of the shipment. In order to constitute effective notification under division (A)(1) of this section, notification shall be received by the executive director at least four days prior to shipment within, into, or through the state.
(2) The carrier or shipper of any shipment subject to division (A)(1) of this section shall immediately notify the executive director of any change in the date and time of the shipment or in the route of the shipment within, into, or through the state.
(B) Upon receipt of a notice of any shipment of material that is subject to division (A)(1) of this section within, into, or through the state, the executive director of the emergency management agency shall immediately notify the director of public safety, the director of environmental protection, the director of health, the chairperson of the public utilities commission, and the county emergency management agency and sheriff of each county along the proposed route, or any alternate route, of the shipment.
(C) The executive director of the emergency management agency shall not disclose to any person other than those persons enumerated in division (B) of this section any information pertaining to any shipment of special nuclear material or by-product material prior to the time that the shipment is completed.
(D) This section does not apply to radioactive materials, other than by-products, shipped by or for the United States department of defense and United States department of energy for military or national defense purposes. Nothing in this section requires the disclosure of any defense information or restricted data as defined in the "Atomic Energy Act of 1954," 68 Stat. 919, 42 U.S.C. 2011, as amended.
(E) No person shall transport or cause to be transported within, into, or through the state any material that is subject to division (A)(1) of this section without first providing the notice required in that division.
(F) Whoever violates division (E) of this section, in addition to any penalty imposed under section 4163.99 of the Revised Code, is liable for a civil penalty in an amount not to exceed the following, as applicable:
(1) Twenty-five thousand dollars for a motor carrier, as defined in section 4923.01 of the Revised Code;
(2) Forty-five thousand dollars for the first cask designated for transport by rail and thirty thousand dollars for each additional cask designated for transport by rail that is shipped by the same person or entity in the same shipment.
The attorney general, upon the request of the executive director of the emergency management agency, shall bring a civil action to collect the penalty. Fines collected pursuant to this section shall be deposited into the state treasury to the credit of the public utilities transportation safety fund created in section 4921.21 of the Revised Code.
Amended by 129th General AssemblyFile No.127,HB 487, §101.01, eff. 6/11/2012.
Amended by 129th General AssemblyFile No.7,HB 114, §101.01, eff. 6/29/2011.
Amended by 128th General Assemblych.7,HB 2, §101.01, eff. 7/1/2009.
Effective Date: 09-29-1999