This editorial will appear in Wednesday’s print edition.
Someone at the Nuclear Regulatory Commission got it right – just not the right someone.
The commission’s Atomic Safety and Licensing Board ruled last week that the Obama administration’s attempt to pull the plug on a nuclear waste dump in Nevada amounts to an illegal end-run.
A day later, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission itself appealed the decision.
The judges on the three-member safety and licensing board look to what the law allows. As for the political appointees on the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, the five-member panel charged with making the final call?
Well, you could say they have other concerns – concerns that might just dovetail with those of the president who nominated them, a president who campaigned on killing plans to to open a nuclear waste repository at Yucca Mountain.