On June 8, 2012, Riverkeeper and our allies won a landmark U.S. Court of Appeals decision nullifying the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s “Waste Confidence Rule,” which has allowed each U.S. nuclear reactor to store highly radioactive nuclear waste on site. The now-invalidated rule presumed that waste stored at reactors would go to a national nuclear waste dump someday and that the storage of spent fuel at individual reactors is temporary and causes “no significant environmental impact.”
Because of our landmark court victory, there is no longer any legal basis for plants like Indian Point to avoid studying the environmental impacts of long-term nuclear waste storage in fuel pools or dry storage. The Court’s decision forces the NRC to address the risks of nuclear waste disposal before any U.S. nuclear plant, including Indian Point, may be licensed or re-licensed.
Attend the Public Hearing, Live or Via the Internet
As part of the scoping process the NRC will also take public comment at two public hearing sessions November 14. One session will be open to the public to attend in person, and both will be accessible via the Web. You must register for a chance to submit oral comments. To register, email WCOutreach@nrc.gov or call 1-800-368-5642 and press ext. 3187 for Ms. Susan Wittick, or ext. 3133 for Ms. TR Rowe.
Wednseday, Nov. 14, 2012, 1-4 p.m. EST. Attend in person (NRC headquarters, One White Flint North, First Floor Commission Hearing Room, 11555 Rockville Pike, Rockville, MD 20852)—or via webstream at nrc.gov/public-involve/public-meetings/webcast-live.html.
Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2012, 6-9 p.m. PST. Attend via webstream at nrc.gov/public-involve/public-meetings/webcast-live.html.