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Friday, June 8, 2012

Nuclear Waste Storage Rules Thrown Out by U.S. Court

 

Nuclear Waste Storage Rules Thrown Out by U.S. Court

 

The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission failed to fully evaluate the risks associated with regulations governing storage of spent nuclear fuel and must draft new ones, an appeals court ruled.
The commission’s conclusion that permanent storage will be available when needed in the future didn’t calculate how the lack of such a facility could affect the environment, the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington said. The commission also failed to fully assess the dangers of storing spent fuel on-site for 60 years after a nuclear plant’s license expires, the court said.

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-06-08/nuclear-waste-storage-rules-thrown-out-by-u-s-court.html

Full text of ruling

http://www.cadc.uscourts.gov/internet/opinions.nsf/57ACA94A8FFAD8AF85257A1700502AA4/$file/11-1045-1377720.pdf


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BusinessWeek
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Washington Post
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Wall Street Journal
The unanimous finding from the US Court of Appeals here means the Nuclear Regulatory Commission will have to revisit a 2010 decision that said nuclear waste could safely be stored at closed nuclear-power-plant sites for at least 60 years.
Nuclear Waste Storage Rules Thrown Out by U.S. Court
Bloomberg
The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission failed to fully evaluate the risks associated with regulations governing storage of spent nuclear fuel and must draft new ones, an appeals court ruled. The commission's conclusion that permanent storage will be ...
Here's a chronological list of updates with respect to Yucca, courtesy of Nevada.  http://www.state.nv.us/nucwaste/licensing/licensing_updates.htm

The United States requested an extension so it could prepare its position brief.  The court granted it, http://www.state.nv.us/nucwaste/licensing/cadc120521order.pdf, so the US brief will be June 22.

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