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U.S. Regulator Halts Nuclear-Plant Licensing
Wall Street Journal ^ | 8/7/12 | REBECCA SMITH AND RYAN TRACY

Posted on 08/08/2012 5:42:59 PM PDT by EBH

Court Rules That NRC Can No Longer Accept Assurances a Permanent Waste Repository Is Coming

The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission said it would stop issuing licenses for nuclear plants until it addresses problems with its nuclear-waste policy that were raised by a recent federal appeals court decision

(Excerpt) Read more at online.wsj.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Extended News; Government
KEYWORDS: energy; nrc; nuclearplants; nuclearwaste; nuke; reprocessing
Very short blub that may be worth noting.
1 posted on 08/08/2012 5:43:06 PM PDT by EBH
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To: EBH

Court delays Yucca ruling
http://www.aikenstandard.com/story/080812-yucca-mountain-nuclear-

An appeals court is putting off deciding whether to force the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to act on the Yucca Mountain site’s long-pending license application.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit announced on Friday it will wait up to four months to rule on a petition ordering the NRC to approve or disapprove the application because the Commission reports it does not have sufficient funds to conduct a review.

The petition to the court - a writ of mandamus - seeking to compel NRC to act was filed last year by Aiken County.

Circuit Court Judge Brett Kavanaugh, in his concurring opinion, wrote, “The parties’ submissions reveal that granting mandamus now would entail significant expenditures of government resources. But Congress’s upcoming appropriations decisions would well affect whether those expenditures are necessary.”

The court gave the NRC until ?Dec. 14 to report back whether Congress has allocated the funding the Commission says it needs, more than the $10.4 million it already has.

Aiken County filed the writ of mandamus in response to the Department of Energy’s attempt to abandon the license application pending before NRC on the proposed repository for used nuclear waste. NRC received the application roughly three years ago, but has not yet ruled on it, even though the 1987 Nuclear Waste Policy Act says it is bound to determine if Yucca Mountain is suitable.

The parties that initiated the lawsuit have voiced concerns that, if the federal government abandons the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository, the only congressionally approved site for permanently disposing of the nation’s spent nuclear waste will be lost.

Read more: Court delays Yucca ruling | Aiken Standard
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2 posted on 08/08/2012 5:45:35 PM PDT by EBH (Obama took away your American Dreams and replaced them with "Dreams from My (his) Father".)
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To: EBH

Everyone who uses electricity payed for the construction of a perfectly marvelous waste depositary.

Thank you you giant PIG Harry read for highhandedly screwing us all.


3 posted on 08/08/2012 5:45:53 PM PDT by DManA
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To: DManA

The Pig Harry Reid of course.


4 posted on 08/08/2012 5:46:54 PM PDT by DManA
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To: EBH
NRC puts new nuclear reactor permit on hold http://citizensvoice.com/news/nrc-puts-new-nuclear-reactor-permit-on-hold-1.1355902 The Nuclear Regulatory Commission placed an indefinite hold on the final permit for PPL's proposed new nuclear reactor in Salem Township while spent fuel storage issues are resolved. Neil Sheehan, NRC regional public affairs officer, said the presidentially appointed commission that oversees the NRC asked the agency Tuesday to hold off deciding on any pending new reactor or relicensing applications, including the Susquehanna nuclear power plant. He said staff reviews of the new reactor and license renewal applications will continue, but no final decisions will be made until storage issues are resolved. PPL representatives said the company is not concerned, because it will take another two years to complete the application for the new plant, which they're not even sure they'll build. The NRC's decision would affect PPL's application for a new reactor at Bell Bend, near the Susquehanna plant. Joseph J. Scopelliti, Susquehanna's community relations manager, said the utility will continue the process of fulfilling requirements to complete the operating license application, which started in late 2008. "There are many activities as part of that process, and we expect that it will take until 2014 to complete," Scopelliti said. "Also, the design of the plant for the Bell Bend project … is also undergoing a certification process and has not been certified yet. "We have not made a final decision on whether to build the plant or not, but have decided to continue the process of obtaining the (license application)." The petitions are tied to a recent D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals' ruling involving the NRC's Waste Confidence Decision update. The court returned the matter to the NRC for further consideration. In its decision, the commission said while it hasn't determined how it will respond to the court,
5 posted on 08/08/2012 5:47:44 PM PDT by EBH (Obama took away your American Dreams and replaced them with "Dreams from My (his) Father".)
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To: DManA

It is my understanding that there is a perfectly adequate facility currently in use at Carlsbad New Mexico and it can be expanded as needed


6 posted on 08/08/2012 5:50:08 PM PDT by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 ..... Present failure and impending death yield irrational action))
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To: DManA

It is my understanding that there is a perfectly adequate facility currently in use at Carlsbad New Mexico and it can be expanded as needed


7 posted on 08/08/2012 5:50:29 PM PDT by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 ..... Present failure and impending death yield irrational action))
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To: EBH

We’re better off generating power from fossil fuels, anyway.


8 posted on 08/08/2012 5:53:14 PM PDT by Moonman62 (The US has become a government with a country, rather than a country with a government.)
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To: EBH

This is an urgent issue of mass public safety. There are a number of reactors in the US that store their spent fuel in a manner similar to the design at Fukushima. Should any of these spent fuel pools lose cooling, we can expect a similar catastrophe.

The federal government’s handling of the proper storage of spent nuclear fuel has been criminal.


9 posted on 08/08/2012 5:58:24 PM PDT by theBuckwheat
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To: EBH

They are waiting until after the election.


10 posted on 08/08/2012 6:09:12 PM PDT by Spktyr (Overwhelmingly superior firepower and the willingness to use it is the only proven peace solution.)
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To: theBuckwheat
Only idiots store spent fuel.

Even the French recycle theirs.

Thank Jimmy Carter for the 'no recycle' policy that every frigging GOP president has let ride.

/johnny

11 posted on 08/08/2012 6:13:26 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: EBH

Use NASA to rocket our nuke waste into the sun. Thanks to Obama they don’t have anything better to do.


12 posted on 08/08/2012 6:16:06 PM PDT by AU72
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To: EBH

This is EXACTLY what Obama wanted.


13 posted on 08/08/2012 6:16:25 PM PDT by Thunder90 (Kick Obama out of the White House in 2012.)
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To: theBuckwheat

AND, we still have plans (and testing) of ‘spent’ reactors from our ‘friends’ across the pond....Why again are there no re-use of ‘spent’ rods? Don’t tell me they’re safe after the 1st go-round :P

Fedzilla, yet AGAIN, gets in the way


14 posted on 08/08/2012 6:23:24 PM PDT by i_robot73
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To: DManA

No, thanks Jimmy Cartah for screwing us all!

We should be reprocessing the very expensive “waste”, the peanut farmer put the order in place preventing our doing that.

Yucca is just stupid, a hole in the ground to be monitored for thousands of years.
But apparently you are OK with the “Screw Nevada” bill that enabled it, since YOU do not live here.

“Stopping” (probably only delaying) Yucca just may the ONLY thing Dingy ever did right!


15 posted on 08/08/2012 6:38:35 PM PDT by Loyal Sedition
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To: JRandomFreeper
Exactement! And we could develop a Thorium fuel that had a benign decay series - if we could get the regulations reduced to where new ideas could be tried.

The only thing dumber than a committee is a congress.

16 posted on 08/08/2012 6:39:05 PM PDT by Aevery_Freeman (All Y'all White Peoples is racist!)
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To: JRandomFreeper

Where is Mitt on this?

He could go a long way toward getting me more enthusiastic about voting for him if he would just release a list of E.O.’s that he would rescind permanently.

The automatic continuance of “Law” not approved by congress is just flat wrong.
All E.O.’s should sunset at the end of each term, unable to come back without an up and down recorded vote of congress.
As they stand now we get a form of dictatorship.
The executive is not to have outsize powers, three EQUAL branches of Govt.!


17 posted on 08/08/2012 6:45:24 PM PDT by Loyal Sedition
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To: JRandomFreeper

The rods do get recycled. There is even a plant in Erwin Tennessee, near here, which does the job every day.


18 posted on 08/08/2012 6:50:03 PM PDT by MHGinTN (Being deceived can be cured.)
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To: Loyal Sedition

Screw Nevada? Nevada screwed the country (which is natural since it’s the states main industry - screwing people).


19 posted on 08/08/2012 8:03:35 PM PDT by DManA
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To: Thunder90

We saw this coming (or something like it)-—
Georgia ignored Bath-House Barry’s ineligibility, IMO, in return for a promise that the Savannah River Port would be dredged out AND a nuclear plant would be built.

Stupid politicians-BATH-HOUSE BARRY LIES; don’t you GET it yet?


20 posted on 08/08/2012 8:09:37 PM PDT by Mortrey (Impeach President Soros)
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To: DManA

You are welcome to invite a Nuke dump to open in YOUR state!

Yucca was chosen only because Nevada had so little representation in congress at the time, period.

We have enough “Down Winder’s” as it is, we have plenty of contaminated land, we’ve already been screwed “For the national good”.

Nuke dumps are just dumb, no matter where they are located, technology has moved beyond just throwing “waste” down a hole to be forgotten.


21 posted on 08/08/2012 8:38:15 PM PDT by Loyal Sedition
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To: EBH

Yucca mountain was specifically designed to store the material. Why not do so and then build facilities nearby to recycle the material; thus creating jobs that Nevada sorely needs? ....France has recycled such material for years and it’s a safe and successful process.


22 posted on 08/09/2012 2:24:38 AM PDT by octex
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To: theBuckwheat

I agree. This issue has gone on for way, way too long.

And it is not just how the plants are storing their rods, many of those pools are at capacity already. And some are over-capacity, but the public isn’t aware of the problem at an educated level.

It will be interesting when the order comes down that these plants be shut-down due to storage issues. Right now it is just the permitting of new plants, but eventually it will be the existing plants.

The environmental movement is responsible for this. 0bama is shutting down coal plants and coal mines....the EPA/NRC is stopping nuclear permits etc. If we keep going at this rate people in the Northern states will be freezing to detah in the winter when the windmills freeze solid and the solar panals are covered in snow.


23 posted on 08/09/2012 3:29:55 AM PDT by EBH (Obama took away your American Dreams and replaced them with "Dreams from My (his) Father".)
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To: Moonman62

In case you haven’t realized they are shutting down the coal fired plants and mines too.


24 posted on 08/09/2012 3:31:33 AM PDT by EBH (Obama took away your American Dreams and replaced them with "Dreams from My (his) Father".)
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To: MHGinTN; JRandomFreeper

Not sure what you are talking about?

According to the NRC:
Reprocessing refers generally to the processes necessary to separate spent nuclear reactor fuel into material that may be recycled for use in new fuel and material that would be discarded as waste. There are no reprocessing facilities currently operating in the United States, but there are facilities operating in foreign countries.
http://www.nrc.gov/materials/reprocessing.html


25 posted on 08/09/2012 3:48:24 AM PDT by EBH (Obama took away your American Dreams and replaced them with "Dreams from My (his) Father".)
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To: EBH
In case you haven’t realized they are shutting down the coal fired plants and mines too.

I don't think they should. but most of those coal plants are being converted to natural gas thanks to fracking.

26 posted on 08/09/2012 8:11:34 AM PDT by Moonman62 (The US has become a government with a country, rather than a country with a government.)
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To: EBH

IIUC, that “waste” can be reprocessed for use again and again. France can do it, but we can’t?


27 posted on 08/09/2012 10:30:47 AM PDT by JimRed (Excise the cancer before it kills us; feed &water the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS, NOW & FOREVER!)
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To: Thunder90
This is EXACTLY what Obama wanted.>

Sure. This way he gets to make noises that sound like support for more power plants while he's campaigning and then kill them all by remote control using his drone regulatory minions without getting his hands dirty.

28 posted on 08/09/2012 10:37:48 AM PDT by tacticalogic ("Oh, bother!" said Pooh, as he chambered his last round.)
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To: EBH

Geez, just allow reprocessing of spent fuel rods and the problem is largely resolved. Shoot the rest of the high level wastes off to burn up in the sun.


29 posted on 08/09/2012 10:42:12 AM PDT by aruanan
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To: EBH

Bump for later reading


30 posted on 08/10/2012 11:09:41 AM PDT by SuziQ
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