By Aaron Martin | August 28, 2014
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) announced on Tuesday that it approved a final rule related to the environmental effects of the continued storage of spent nuclear fuel.
In July, members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee called for NRC Chairman Allison Macfarlane to act quickly on a rule related to the environmental impact of nuclear fuel.
Rep. Fred Upton (R-Mich.), the chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, and Rep. John Shimkus (R-Ill.), the chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Environment and the Economy, applauded the NRCs announcement on Tuesday.
This action is a welcome step in getting our nuclear future back on track, the legislators said. The NRC can resume fulfilling its core function of issuing licenses, and the commissions first priority should be completing all pending licenses safely and as soon as possible.
The NRC also announced on Tuesday that it would lift its suspension of final licensing actions on nuclear power plant licenses and renewals once the rule goes into effect.
The commission said approval of the final rule followed a Generic Environmental Impact Statement that analyzed the impact of nuclear waste storage on land use, air and water quality, and historic and culture resources over different periods of time.
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