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Deep Decarbonization and Nuclear Energy

The Deep Decarbonization Pathways Project (DDPP) projects a doubling of U.S. demand for electricity by 2050, even accounting for increased energy efficiency and conservation. In two DDPP scenarios, this demand would be met by...

Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League v. Nuclear Regulatory Commission

The D.C. Circuit denied petitions for review challenging NRC's issuance of a combined license to construct and operate two new units at the Vogtle Nuclear Power Plant in Georgia as well as its approval of an amended design for a nuclear...

Entergy Nuclear Fitzpatrick, LLC v. United States

The Federal Circuit held that the United States may not use the "unavoidable delay" defense in breach of contract actions stemming from its failure to accept spent nuclear fuel (SNF) from the nation's nuclear utilities. The Standard...

Shieldalloy Metallurgical Corp. v. Nuclear Regulatory Commission

The D.C. Circuit held that NRC's transfer of authority to New Jersey over nuclear materials within the state was arbitrary and capricious. The NRC may transfer regulatory authority over classes of nuclear materials located within a...

Vermont Department of Public Service v. United States

The D.C. Circuit denied petitions for review challenging the NRC's decision to renew an energy company's license to operate the Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Station. The petitioners argued that the license renewal was unlawful...

Environmental Law & Policy Ctr. v. NRC

The court upheld the Atomic Safety Licensing Board's dismissal of environmental groups' intervention in early site permit proceedings for new nuclear power facilities in Clinton, Illinois. The groups contended, among other things, that...

The Benefits of Community Medical Monitoring at Nuclear Weapons Production Sites: Lessons From Fernald

Editors' Summary: A number of communities across our country host DOE nuclear weapons production facilities. This Article argues that although DOE has known about contamination caused by these facilities for decades, the federal...

Sovereign Immunity and the National Nuclear Security Administration: A King That Can Do No Wrong?

The 1999 National Nuclear Security Administration Act (NNSA Act)2 threatens to reverse 20 years of reforms and court decisions intended to bring the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) into compliance with...

Acuna v. Brown & Root Inc.

The court holds that the Price-Anderson Act conferred federal jurisdiction on a district court in a removal action where individuals alleged tortious injury arising from uranium mining. In two separate class action suits, over 1,000...

Kerr-McGee Corp. v. Farley

The court holds that a uranium mining company must exhaust its jurisdiction-based appeals in the Navajo tribal court system before challenging in federal court the Navajo court's jurisdiction over nuclear torts. The court first holds...