U.S. Freezes All Nuclear Power Plant Licensing Decisions_Featured_, Environment Wednesday, August 8th, 2012
WASHINGTON, DC, August 7, 2012 (ENS) – Federal nuclear regulators today froze at least 19 final reactor licensing decisions in response to a ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit that spent nuclear fuel stored on-site at nuclear power plants “poses a dangerous, long-term health and environmental risk.”
In its ruling, the appeals court invalidated the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s 2010 updates to the Waste Confidence Rule and also the Temporary Storage Rule and directed the commission to fully comply with federal law.
In response, the NRC today put a hold on nine construction and operating licenses, eight license renewals, one operating license, and one early site permit.