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Tag: Nuclear Regulatory Commission

July
6th

NRC judges made the right call on Yucca Mountain

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.

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