Court Rejects Bid to Rescind Yucca Cancellation

A U.S. federal appeals court last week rejected a bid to prevent President Obama from discontinuing work on a massive underground nuclear-waste storage facility at Yucca Mountain, Nev., the Associated Press reported (see GSN, June 21).

The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission has neither accepted nor rejected the Bush administration application to move forward with the project, meaning the lawsuit by plaintiffs including South Carolina and Washington state is premature, the court found.

Both states ultimately want to relocate used nuclear fuel to the Nevada site. In all, there is now in excess of 82,000 tons of spent fuel and other nuclear waste held at 80 locations in 35 states, according to a report issued last month.

The federal atomic regulatory body is legally bound to determine a project application's status within four years, placing the deadline for the Yucca Mountain decision in 2012, the court noted. Commission findings on the matter are subject to potential judicial review, and the agency could face a legal challenge if it fails to submit a decision on time, the court added (Pickler/Cappiello, Associated Press/Washington Times, July 4).

July 6, 2011
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A U.S. federal appeals court last week rejected a bid to prevent President Obama from discontinuing work on a massive underground nuclear-waste storage facility at Yucca Mountain, Nev., the Associated Press reported (see GSN, June 21).