Sunday, June 7, 2009

NRC won't act on Mass. AG's petition

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission refused to take action on a high-stakes petition from the Massachusetts attorney general's office that could launch a new environmental review of the effects of the continued operation of the Pilgrim and Vermont Yankee nuclear plants. The NRC decided to let the matter be decided by the 1st Circuit Court of Appeals, which will hear Massachusetts appeal of an earlier decision by the Atomic Safety and Licensing Board. At issue is whether the effects of a fire in the spent fuel pool had been adequately studied and taken into consideration during the NRC's review of Entergy Nuclear's plans to keep both nuclear plants operating beyond 2012.
Rutland Herald

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