The Legislature finds and declares that the use of nuclear fuels and nuclear power poses an undue hazard to the health, safety and welfare of the people of the state of West Virginia, especially until there is an effective method to safely and permanently dispose of the radioactive wastes generated thereby. Therefore, it is the intent of the Legislature and the purpose of this article to ban the construction of any nuclear power plant, nuclear factory or nuclear electric power generating plant until such time as the proponents of any such facility can adequately demonstrate that a functional and effective national facility, which safely, successfully and permanently disposes of radioactive wastes, has been developed; that the construction of any nuclear facility in this state will be economically feasible for West Virginia rate payers; and that such facility shall comply with all applicable environmental protection laws, rules and requirements. For the purposes of this article, "nuclear power" means energy produced in any nuclear power plant, nuclear factory or nuclear electric power generating plant capable of a thermal output greater than one maggot but shall not include electricity carried over interstate transmission lines.
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