Summary of Holtec/ELEA CISF licensing application proceeding
January 24, 2019
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Summary of Holtec International/Eddy-Lea Energy Alliance centralized interim storage facility (CISF) for irradiated nuclear fuel and Greater-Than-Class-C (GTCC) "low-level" radioactive waste licensing application proceeding, with links to more detailed information, arranged in chronological order:

Holtec International -- HI-STORE CISF [license application documents, including the Environmental Report (ER) and Safety Analysis Report (SAR), from March 31, 2017 to January 4, 2018, as posted on U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission website].

Beyond Nuclear's environmental scoping comments, submitted to NRC, opposed to the Holtec/ELEA CISF [July 30, 2018].

Broad national grassroots environmental coalition environmental scoping comments, submitted to NRC, opposed to Holtec/ELEA CISF [July 30, 2018] -- 30,000+ comments submitted opposed to CISF.

Environmental legal interventions opposing Holtec/ELEA CISF [Sept. 14, 2018 -- interventions by: Alliance for Environmental Strategies (AFES, legal counsel Nancy Simmons); Beyond Nuclear (legal counsel Diane Curran, Mindy Goldstein, and Caroline Reiser); Don't Waste Michigan et al.*; and Sierra Club (legal counsel Wally Taylor].

*This environmental coalition includes: 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. Dr. James David Ballard serves as expert witness. See his Sept. 2018 report, "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."

Beyond Nuclear's motion to dismiss [Sept. 14, 2018; Errata filed Sept. 18, 2018].

Public Citizen press release [Sept. 14, 2018].

Don't Waste MI et al. press release [Sept. 17, 2018].

Holtec and NRC staff answers/responses, opposing Beyond Nuclear's motion to dismiss [Sept. 24, 2018].

Beyond Nuclear motion for leave to reply, and reply to NRC staff's and Holtec's responses to Beyond Nuclear's motion to dismiss [Sept. 28, 2018].

NRC staff and Holtec responses/answers opposing AFES, Beyond Nuclear, Don't Waste MI et al., and Sierra Club legal interventions [Oct. 9, 2018].

Replies by AFES, Beyond Nuclear, Don't Waste MI et al., and Sierra Club, to NRC staff and Holtec responses/answers opposing legal interventions [Oct. 16, 2018].

NRC Commissioners' ORDER, rejecting Beyond Nuclear's motion to dismiss [Oct. 29, 2018].

NRC establishment of Atomic Safety and Licensing Board (ASLB) [Oct. 31, 2018].

ASLB sets oral argument pre-hearings for Jan. 23-24 in Albuquerque, New Mexico [Nov. 28, 2018].

ASLB announces start time and specific location for Jan. 23-24 Albuquerque, NM oral argument pre-hearings [Dec. 14, 2018]: "The Board will hear oral argument concerning standing and the sufficiency of the hearing requests on Wednesday, January 23 and, as necessary, Thursday, January 24, 2019 in...Albuquerque, New Mexico..."

[A Jan. 10, 2019 revised Order from the ASLB announced a new venue in Albuquerque -- the previous venue inaccessible due to the partial shutdown of the federal government. The new venue is:

The Board will hear oral argument concerning standing and the sufficiency of the hearing requests on Wednesday, January 23 and, as necessary, Thursday, January 24, 2019 at the State Bar of New Mexico, 5121 Masthead Street NE, Albuquerque, New Mexico. The argument will commence at 9:00 a.m. Mountain Standard Time (MST).]

 

Beyond Nuclear files motion Petition for Review and Motion to Hold in Abeyance with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit [Dec. 27, 2018].

Joint motion by Sierra Club, and Don't Waste MI et al., to the ASLB, for the establishment of hearing procedures [Jan. 3, 2018].

Article originally appeared on Beyond Nuclear (http://www.beyondnuclear.org/).
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