The U.S. Department of Energy yesterday filed with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission a response to Petitions to Intervene filed by several parties seeking to oppose the Department’s motion to withdraw its license application for a nuclear waste repository at Yucca Mountain. DOE said it is confident that its motion to withdraw the application is lawful, but that it believes the petitioning parties should be allowed to present their views to the NRC. It thus did not oppose the motions to intervene, and proposed a schedule for resolving the dispute over the Department’s motion to withdraw the application. The parties seeking to intervene are the States of South Carolina and Washington, the County of Aiken, South Carolina, the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC), and the Prairie Island Indian Community (PICC). South Carolina, Washington, Aiken County, and PICC expressed their support for DOE’s response and proposed schedule.
The motion can be found at the following link: US Dept of Energy (pdf)