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Sep172018

Environmental legal interventions opposing Holtec/ELEA CISF

Overview of Environmental Coalition Contentions Opposing Holtec/ELEA’s CISF, and the NRC ASLB Licensing Proceeding [.docx format, with links to more documentation]

Overview of Environmental Coalition Contentions Opposing Holtec/ELEA’s CISF, and the NRC ASLB Licensing Proceeding [.pdf format]

See below for more detail on filings in this licensing proceeding:

By the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) deadline of September 14, 2018, four allied environmental efforts filed requests for hearing, and petitions to intervene, in opposition to Holtec International/Eddy-Lea [Counties] Energy Alliance's license application to construct and operate a centralized interim storage facility (CISF) for 173,600 metric tons of commercial irradiated nuclear fuel, and highly radioactive Greater-Than-Class-C so-called "low-level" radioactive waste. The CISF is targeted midway between Hobbs and Carlsbad, New Mexico.

(1.) Beyond Nuclear request for hearing, and petition to intervene. Beyond Nuclear is represented by legal counsel Diane Curran of Washington, D.C., and Mindy Goldstein of Emory University, Turner Environmental Law Clinic, Atlanta, GA. (On Sept. 18, Beyond Nuclear's legal counsel also filed an Errata re: its request for hearing and petition to intervene.)

Beyond Nuclear motion to dismiss both the Holtec/ELEA CISF, as well as the Waste Control Specialists, LLC/Interim Storage Partners CISF, license application proceedings. (On Sept. 18, Beyond Nuclear's legal counsel also filed an Errata re: its Motion to Dismiss.)

(2.) Legal intervention by an environmental coalition (Citizens for Alternatives to Chemical Contamination, MI; Citizens’ Environmental Coalition, NY; Don’t Waste Michigan; Nuclear Energy Information Service, IL; Nuclear Issues Study Group, NM; Public Citizen (DC, TX); San Luis Obispo Mothers for Peace, CA), with Terry Lodge of Toledo, Ohio serving as legal counsel.

Expert witness declaration by James David Ballard, Ph.D., Professor, Criminology and Justice Studies, California State University, Northride, "Holtec HI-STORM UMAX Interim Storage Facility (a.k.a. CISF): Human-Initiated Events (HIE), Transportation of the Inventory, and Storage of Highly Radioactive Waste Materials."

The coalition put out a press release.

Coalition member Public Citizen also put out a press release.

(3.) PETITION TO INTERVENE AND REQUEST FOR ADJUDICATORY HEARING BY SIERRA CLUB; Wally Taylor, attorney for petitioner.

(4.) Petition to Intervene and Request for Hearing, Alliance for Environmental Strategies, Nancy L. Simmons, Counsel for the Petitioner.