NRC Must Continue Review of Nevada Nuclear Waste Site, Court Says

"WASHINGTON — A federal appeals court ruled on Tuesday that the Nuclear Regulatory Commission was 'flouting the law' when it stopped work on a review of the proposed nuclear waste dump at Yucca Mountain, despite the Obama administration’s insistence that the site be shut down."

"The 2-to-1 decision by the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit allows an increment of progress that could help push the project forward and was embraced by supporters of the Yucca site, the focus of a quarter-century-old fight.

In a strongly worded opinion, Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh wrote that 'the president may not decline to follow a statutory mandate or prohibition simply because of policy objections.'"

Matthew L. Wald reports for the New York Times August 13, 2013.


"Court Forces Yucca Mtn. Decision on U.S. Nuclear Regulators" (ENS)

"Federal Court Says U.S. Must Complete Yucca Mountain Review" (NPR)

"Yucca Nuclear Debate Seen Revived as Court Rebuffs NRC" (Bloomberg)

Source: NY Times, 08/14/2013