NRC explains how nuke plants break the law…/orders/…/2012-16cli.pdf

Allison M. Macfarlane, Chairman
Kristine L. Svinicki
George Apostolakis
William D. Magwood, IV
William C. Ostendorff

We have received a series of substantively identical petitions to suspend final licensing decisions, and requesting additional related relief, in the captioned matters.1
1 See, e.g., Petition to Suspend Final Decisions in All Pending Reactor Licensing Proceedings Pending Completion of Remanded Waste Confidence Proceedings (June 18, 2012) (Petition). In addition, Friends of the Earth, and Eric Epstein, on behalf of Three Mile Island Alert, Inc., As discussed below, we grant the requests in part and deny the requests in part.

Recently, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit found that the NRC had violated the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) in issuing its 2010 update to the Waste Confidence Decision and accompanying Temporary Storage Rule.2 The court vacated both the Decision and the Rule, and remanded the case for further proceedings consistent with the court’s opinion.3
In response to the court’s decision, the petitioners request that we: (1) suspend final licensing decisions in reactor licensing cases, pending the completion of our action on the remanded Waste Confidence proceeding; (2) provide an opportunity for public comment on any generic determinations that we may make in either an environmental assessment (EA) or environmental impact statement (EIS); and (3) provide at least sixty days to seek consideration in individual licensing cases of any site-specific concerns relating to the remanded proceedings.

One Response to “NRC explains how nuke plants break the law”

  1. CaptD Says:

    The NRC must accept public comments, imagine that!

    Comments, we don’t need any stinking comments…
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