NRC Halts Reactor License Rulings To Revisit Waste Storage

Law360, New York (August 7, 2012, 10:35 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission said Tuesday that it would suspend its issuance of final reactor licensing decisions until it determines how to handle the environmental impacts of spent nuclear fuel storage.

The commission’s decision comes two months after the D.C. Circuit vacated an NRC ruling that allowed nuclear power facilities to store radioactive waste for up to 60 years after they close, saying the commission hadn't properly assessed the potential environmental impacts. The “waste confidence decision” was central to the commission’s authority to license new...
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