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U.S. Regulator Halts Nuclear-Plant Licensing via The Wall Street Journal

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.

The move, while not expected to affect any nuclear plants right away, shows how the standstill in finding a permanent American nuclear waste dump could undermine the expansion of nuclear power, which is already facing a challenge from cheaper natural gas.

In June, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit said the NRC’s approach to managing nuclear waste was inconsistent with federal environmental standards.

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♢ Related article in Japanese:

規則改善まで原発認可せず 米原子力規制委員会 via 日本経済新聞

 

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