Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Natural Resources Defense Council v. NRC

<> Natural Resources Defense Council v. NRC - 4/26/16. In the U.S. Court of Appeals, D.C. Circuit, Case No. 14-1225. National Resources Defense Council (NRDC) challenges the Nuclear Regulatory Commission's (NRC's) denial of NRDC's request for a hearing and subsequent application for a waiver, in the matterr of Exelon's Limerick nuclear power station in Pennsylvaniaasserting the process was inconsistent with the procedural rigor mandated by the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). 
     The Appeals Court ruled, "We find the Commission reasonably concluded NRDC's request to intervene was a challenge to a general rule. . . and, contrary to NRDC's view, while NEPA requires agencies to take a hard look before approving a major federal action, it does not mandate adoption of a particular process for doing so. Having failed to show its contentions were unique to Limerick, NRDC also was not entitled to a waiver. We conclude the Commission's actions were not arbitrary and capricious and deny the petition."