The NRC’s public comment period on the scope of an environmental impact statement for the waste confidence decision and rule ends Jan. 2.
Monday, December 31, 2012
Keith McConnell Director, Waste Confidence Directorate The waste confidence decision and rule is related to the safety of spent fuel storage. So far, we have received more than 400 wide-ranging comments and suggestions on issues we should cover in this important document. Several more are anticipated before the deadline. In addition to the hundreds of thoughtful comments on the scope of the environmental impact statement, we received much criticism on the scoping process itself, in particular with regard to the length of the scoping period, the January 2 deadline, how the notice was phrased, and whether the NRC was in compliance with its regulations. These concerns have been reviewed and considered by the NRC staff and the Commission. NRC …
The NRC's recent order to stop issuing licenses for nuclear power stations is a "deep breath" as the agency decides how to deal with a court decision that struck down the NRC's "waste confidence rule."
Thursday, August 9, 2012
By Dave McIntyre, Public Affairs Officer, NRC On Tuesday, the five-member Commission issued an Order directing the staff not to issue licenses for new reactors or to issue renewed licenses for existing reactors for the time being. The Order, understandably, caused a flurry of interest among news media, financial analysts, the nuclear industry and activists, all of whom scrambled to decipher the Order’s ramifications. The potential impact is enormous – the Order affects licensing reviews for as many as 21 new reactors and 12 license renewals for existing reactors. It does not affect licenses already issued or renewed. Let’s be clear: Tuesday’s Order was not a “Full Stop” to NRC’s licensing process. The Commission stated that licensing …