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SCOTUS EPA ruling means NRC can’t license temp storage of spent nuclear fuel, Texas says
A recent Supreme Court ruling nullifies the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s authority to issue a license for a proposed interim storage facility for spent nuclear fuel in Texas, the state argued in court this week. The high court’s June 30 ruling in West Virginia v. EPA “demonstrates that the Nuclear Regulatory Commission lacks statutory authority” to license Interim Storage Partners’ (ISP) proposed site in Andrews County Texas, state solicitor general Michael Abrams told the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in a letter dated Wednesday. The brief puts nuclear waste in the first wave of legal arguments filed in the wake of the landmark Supreme Court decision, which advocates of environmental conservation…
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New Mexico wildfires slow Los Alamos cleanup settlement talks with DOE
New Mexico and the federal government this week asked a federal magistrate to give them until Oct. 3 to resolve litigation about the 2016 consent order governing legacy nuclear-weapons cleanup at the Los Alamos National Laboratory. The Department of Justice,…
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Wrongful death suit against Portsmouth contractors lands in same court as would-be class action
A parent’s wrongful death suit against current and former Department of Energy contractors at the Portsmouth Site in Ohio will be overseen by the same federal judge hearing a radiation contamination case brought by residents near the shuttered gaseous diffusion…
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Titus offers consent-based siting mandate as defense bill amendment
Nevada’s congressional delegation wants to codify the consent-based siting of future nuclear waste repositories, an amendment filed for the House’s 2023 National Defense Authorization Act shows. If the House adopts Rep. Dina Titus’ (D-Nev.) amendment to the 2023 National Defense…
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W80-4, early nuke R&D among 1,000+ amendments filed to House NDAA
Several nuclear weapons issues, touching on life extension programs, research prohibitions and more, could come up for debate on the House floor next week when lawmakers return to Washington. After a week at home for Independence Day, lawmakers were set…
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