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CT Attorney General Petitions U.S. Court of Appeals To Reject NRC Nuke Waste Storage Rule

Connecticut’s Attorney General, George Jepsen, has joined a court petition by Vermont and New York on October 24, 2014 to challenge the NRC’s latest rules that would allow onsite storage of thousands of tons of high-level nuclear waste onsite at the Millstone nuclear power plant for 60 years after Units 2 and 3 close.

In a landmark 2012 ruling, the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington DC found that spent nuclear fuel stored onsite at the nation’s nuclear power plants “poses a dangerous, long-term health and environmental risk.”

That court invalidated an NRC regulation and ordered the NRC to complete an environmental assessment of the risks involved in the longterm onsite storage of the deadly waste. The NRC finalized its review in September.

“The NRC’s approach is wrong and illegal, and I will continue to fight to insure that our communities receive the full and detailed accounting of the risks of long-term, onsite nuclear waste storage that they deserve,” said New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman in a press release on his website announcing the legal move.

Schneiderman’s Connecticut counterpart, AG Jepsen, did not post a press release on his website.

Jepsen’s office has also sided with New York’s attorney general in his effort to close the Indian Point nuclear power plant in Buchanan, less than 13 miles from Greenwich and Stamford.

However, Jepsen’s office has taken no similar steps with regard to Millstone, Connecticut’s only operating nuclear power plant.

Indeed, Connecticut’s attorney general at the time, Richard S. Blumenthal, supported Dominion’s plans to expand its onsite nuclear waste storage to enable Millstone Unit 2 to continue to operate. At the time, Unit 2 was nearing capacity for spent nuclear fuel in its onsite pool. Jepsen’s office did not participate in the latest round before the Connecticut Siting Council when Dominion obtained approval to expand its spent nuclear waste storage capacity further. That decision is the subject of an appeal pending before the state’s Appellate Court.

Read New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman’s Press Release HERE

Read the petition HERE