DC Circ. Strikes NRC 60-Year Nuclear Waste Storage Rule

Law360, New York (June 8, 2012, 4:35 PM EDT) -- The D.C. Circuit on Friday vacated a U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission ruling that allows nuclear power facilities to store radioactive waste for up to 60 years after they close, saying the commission did not properly assess the potential environmental impacts.

The three-judge panel said that while it understood the difficult position the commission is in given the political issues surrounding spent nuclear fuel, it is still required by the National Environmental Policy Act to perform a more thorough analysis than it did when it issued the...
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