17 groups urge NRC to halt licensing, relicensing of 23 reactors due to failure to address 2012 court ruling
As reported by a coalition press release, 17 groups engaged in interventions against 23 old and new reactors have filed new contentions with U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) Atomic Safety and Licensing Board (ASLB) panels.
The contentions cite NRC's own lack of safety assurances regarding ultimate disposal of irradiated nuclear fuel, a recent reversal of NRC's previous so-called "Nuclear Waste Confidence." In addition to the contentions seeking to block new reactor licenses and old reactor license extensions, the coalition has requested stays on all proceedings until the matter is resolved.
Diane Curran (photo, above) of Harmon, Curran, Spielberg + Eisenberg, LLP in Washington, D.C., is a lead attorney representing the environmental coalition. Mindy Goldstein of Turner Environmental Law Clinic at Emory University in Atlanta also serves as a lead attorney on behalf of the coalition.
Dr. Mark Cooper of Vermont Law School, and Dr. Arjun Makhijani of Institute for Energy and Environmental Research, have each filed expert testimony on behalf of the coalition.
Beyond Nuclear's role in this coalition effort includes its intervention against old reactor license extensions at Davis-Besse, Ohio and Fermi 2, Michigan, as well as its intervention against the proposed new reactor at Fermi 3, Michigan. Toledo-based attorney Terry Lodge (photo, left) serves as legal counsel for the environmental coalitions intervening in these particular ASLB proceedings.
Thus, Lodge filed a motion for this new contention, a petition for suspension, and an NRC Nuclear Waste Confidence court case brief excerpt in the Davis-Besse License Renewal Application (LRA) proceeding today.
Likewise, he filed the motion for this new contention in the Fermi 2 LRA proceeding today, as well as a petition for suspension, and NRC Nuclear Waste Confidence court case brief excerpt, identical to that above.
And finally, Lodge today filed the motion for this new contention in the Fermi 3 combined Construction and Operating License Application (COLA) proceeding, as well as an identical petition for suspension, and NRC Nuclear Waste Confidence brief, as those above.
The Connecticut Post has also reported on this story, quoting Beyond Nuclear:
Kevin Kamps [Radioactive Waste Watchdog at] Beyond Nuclear, said radioactive waste is one of the most dangerous products ever created by humans, and has inexplicably gotten a pass over the years as people assumed a disposal method would present itself eventually.
"We don't have an answer for long-term disposal, and we're 70 years into the atomic age," Kamps said.