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Thursday
Jun282018

NRC makes public two more key documents re: Holtec/ELEA CISF, in response to Beyond Nuclear FOIA request

On June 28, 2018, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) responded to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request submitted by Beyond Nuclear on May 1, 2018. The FOIA request was submitted by Washington, D.C. attorney Diane Curran, who serves as legal counsel for Beyond Nuclear in the proceeding re: the Holtec/Eddy-Lea Counties Energy Alliance irradiated nuclear fuel centralized interim storage facility targeted at southeastern New Mexico.

NRC publicly released two documents in response to the FOIA request:

(1) Holtec 2016a. Holtec International (Holtec). Data Call for the CISF Environmental Report. September 2016.

 (2) Holtec 2017a. Holtec International (Holtec). Cost-Benefit Analysis Data Call.       February 2017.

The letter from NRC, and both publicly released documents, can be viewed online at the NRC website, here.
Now that NRC has responded to this FOIA request, it is very likely that NRC will very soon announce the commencement of its licensing proceeding for Holtec/ELEA's CISF. Once the announcement is made, in a Federal Register Notice, opponents to the CISF will have a remarkably short 60 days to file their legal interventions. This is a hyper-strict legal deadline. If we miss it, we can never intervene legally again in the future. However, a broad coalition of environmental groups is gearing up to fight the Holtec/ELEA CISF, by legally intervening in the NRC's proceeding.