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SC Wins On Yucca Mountain

An appeals court in Washington, D.C. has ruled in favor of South Carolina – and against Barack Obama’s Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) – in a critical case involving the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste facility. “This decision reaffirms a fundamental truth: the President is not above the law. His administration cannot…

An appeals court in Washington, D.C. has ruled in favor of South Carolina – and against Barack Obama’s Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) – in a critical case involving the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste facility.

“This decision reaffirms a fundamental truth: the President is not above the law. His administration cannot pick and choose which laws to follow and which to ignore,” S.C. Attorney General Alan Wilson said in a statement praising the ruling.

The court directed Obama to stop stalling on the licensing for the Nevada facility – which he has been blocking for the last five years.

“Unless and until Congress authoritatively says otherwise or there are no appropriated funds remaining, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission must promptly continue with the legally mandated licensing process,” the ruling states.

American taxpayers have spent $10 billion – including $1.2 billion taken from Palmetto state residents – to build a nuclear waste repository in Yucca Mountain, Nevada. However Obama – citing environmental concerns – sought to scuttle the project, meaning hazardous nuclear waste would remain in South Carolina.

Obama’s efforts to kill the project are viewed as a sop to U.S. Senate leader Harry Reid, who hails from Nevada and has bragged about killing the project in the past.

The U.S. Congress designated Yucca Mountain as America’s repository for spent nuclear fuel in 1987 – a decision that was formalized in 2002. The facility was supposed to open in 2017, but Reid has been blocking its required licensing review for the last three years. In 2009, Obama attempted to zero out funding for the project – but the Democrat-controlled U.S. House rebuked him by a landslide 388-30 vote.

In ruling against the NRC this week, Judge Brett Kavanaugh said the Obama administration “has continued to violate the law governing the Yucca Mountain licensing process.”

Nothing new there … Obama doesn’t care what Congress or the courts say. He’s a dictator. He does as he pleases.

S.C. Attorney General Alan Wilson filed his petition on behalf of the state in July 2011.

“This case represents a clear abuse of power in the pursuit of a political agenda in Washington, D.C.,” Wilson said at the time. “The NRC should do the job demanded of it by Congress, and stop putting the health and safety of South Carolinians at risk for political purposes.”

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17 comments

Walter-White August 13, 2013 at 12:45 pm

This application was filed under George W Bush’s regime. So it was W’s NRC.

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Walter-White August 13, 2013 at 12:45 pm

This application was filed under George W Bush’s regime. So it was W’s NRC.

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CharlesDikkens August 13, 2013 at 12:49 pm

We are going to miss that money. What better use of SC than to store nuclear waste?

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CharlesDikkens August 13, 2013 at 12:49 pm

We are going to miss that money. What better use of SC than to store nuclear waste?

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Everyone Glows in the Dark August 13, 2013 at 1:13 pm

Wow, I actually agree with Alan Wilson. We are truly in the ‘LAST DAYS’.

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Everyone Glows in the Dark August 13, 2013 at 1:13 pm

Wow, I actually agree with Alan Wilson. We are truly in the ‘LAST DAYS’.

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Ken R August 13, 2013 at 1:37 pm

“He’s a dictator”. Please. You need to get back on your meds.

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Ken R August 13, 2013 at 1:37 pm

“He’s a dictator”. Please. You need to get back on your meds.

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The Colonel August 13, 2013 at 1:50 pm

An in your face rebuke of the President’s extra-legal government ruling by fiat.

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The Colonel (R) August 13, 2013 at 1:50 pm

An in your face rebuke of the President’s extra-legal government ruling by fiat.

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nitrat August 13, 2013 at 2:08 pm

SRS is already contaminated for all time.
There is no reason for the NATION to contaminate another site.
I know you “patriots” are more interested in states’ rights than the nation, but…

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nitrat August 13, 2013 at 2:08 pm

SRS is already contaminated for all time.
There is no reason for the NATION to contaminate another site.
I know you “patriots” are more interested in states’ rights than the nation, but…

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PlutoBoy August 13, 2013 at 2:17 pm

Whoever wrote this article needs to look at the court’s ruling. It essentially only requires the NRC to spend what they have on hand for the Yucca Mountain license review – $11.1 million – and that’s end of it. As the dissenting judge said – that’s only enough to take the documents out of storage and then send them back into storage. Congress hasn’t appropriated any further funding and won’t so when the $11 million is spent we’re back to pursuing new spent fuel storage options. On that issue, if Congress attempts to site a spent fuel storage site at the Savannah River Site in South Carolina there will be a big fight and i predict the public will not consent to such a facility (which could end up being long term).

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Tom Clements August 13, 2013 at 2:17 pm

Whoever wrote this article needs to look at the court’s ruling. It essentially only requires the NRC to spend what they have on hand for the Yucca Mountain license review – $11.1 million – and that’s end of it. As the dissenting judge said – that’s only enough to take the documents out of storage and then send them back into storage. Congress hasn’t appropriated any further funding and won’t so when the $11 million is spent we’re back to pursuing new spent fuel storage options. On that issue, if Congress attempts to site a spent fuel storage site at the Savannah River Site in South Carolina there will be a big fight and i predict the public will not consent to such a facility (which could end up being long term).

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Dr.K.SParthasarathy August 13, 2013 at 11:05 pm

Whether the stalemate is due to political opportunism or genuine environmental concern, lay public which is fed with the anti nuclear lobby’s “gospel truth” that there is no scientific solution to high level nuclear waste management will tend to believe that the failure is due to lack of appropriate technology. This perception will continue to hurt nuclear power

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Dr.K.SParthasarathy August 13, 2013 at 11:05 pm

Whether the stalemate is due to political opportunism or genuine environmental concern, lay public which is fed with the anti nuclear lobby’s “gospel truth” that there is no scientific solution to high level nuclear waste management will tend to believe that the failure is due to lack of appropriate technology. This perception will continue to hurt nuclear power

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JustanOguy September 5, 2013 at 11:01 am

South Carolina can keep their spent crap. I suggest they store it with the other waste at Senator Lindsey Graham’s place.

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