Supreme Court Backs Va. Uranium Mining Ban
Law360 (June 17, 2019, 10:48 AM EDT) -- The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday upheld Virginia's long-standing ban on uranium mining in a split ruling in which conservative and liberal justices agree the ban isn't federally preempted but disagree on how the court should examine the law-writing motives of legislators.
By a 6-3 vote, the high court backed the Fourth Circuit's 2017 ruling that the Atomic Energy Act doesn't give the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission authority over uranium mining that isn't on federal lands. For starters, the AEA doesn't contain any provision preempting state law and explicitly grants extensive and sometimes exclusive authority to the NRC over all parts...
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