In a 2-1 ruling today, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals instructed the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) to resume its review of the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste project. This decision is good news for manufacturers and all who support continued use of reliable nuclear energy.
Nuclear power is a safe and vital source of cost-effective base-load electricity that does not emit criteria pollutants or greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. It helps stabilize the price of electricity while diversifying our domestic fuel sources.
As part of the continued use and development of nuclear energy in the United States, manufacturers support the construction and operation of facilities covering all parts of nuclear energy generation, including waste handling and disposal operations. It is critical that the government fulfill its obligation to remove used fuel from commercial nuclear power plants and manage its long term disposal.
The NAM applauds the court’s decision, and believes the Yucca Mountain repository should be given full and thorough consideration before acceptance or denial of the application. Today’s ruling brings us a step closer to ensuring a fair process for all involved.
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