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Carolina Envtl. Study Group v. United States

Citation: 5 ELR 20181
No. No. 73-1869, 510 F.2d 796/7 ERC 1675/(D.C. Cir., 01/21/1975)

The court affirms a decision of the Atomic Safety and Licensing Appeal Board of the Atomic Energy Commission which granted a license for the construction of two nuclear reactors for the generation of electricity near Charlotte, North Carolina. The EIS for the project adequately considers both the possibility of a "Class 9" breach of containment accident and the alternative of non-nuclear power generation or production of no additional power. The court also refuses to accept petitioner's contention that the AEC displayed a promotional bias in the case, and rules instead that the agency acted with good-faith objectivity, which is all that NEPA requires.

Counsel for Petitioners
George S. Daly, Jr.
Casey & Daly
700 Law Building
Charlotte, N.C. 28202

Norman B. Smith
Smith, Carrington, Patterson, Follin & Curtis
704 Southeastern Building
Greensboro, N.C. 27401

Counsel for Respondents
Marcus A. Rowden General Counsel
Raymond M. Zimmet Asst. Solicitor
Joseph DiStefano
Atomic Energy Commission
Washington, D.C. 20545

Wallace H. Johnson Asst. Attorney General
Edmund B. Clark
Peter R. Steinland
Department of Justice
Washington, D.C. 20530

Counsel for Intervenor Duke Power Company
Troy B. Conner, Jr.
Joseph B. Knotts, Jr.
J. Michael McGarry III
Conner, Hadlock & Knotts
1747 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20006