Washington (Platts)--11Aug2010/614 pm EDT/2214 GMT
Two US Nuclear Regulatory Commission members have refused to recuse
themselves from participating in any agency decision on the US Department of
Energy's repository project at Yucca Mountain, Nevada.
In separate briefs filed with the commission Wednesday, Commissioners
William Magwood and William Ostendorff said there is no basis for their
Parties in the Yucca Mountain licensing proceeding that want to see the
repository project move forward -- Aiken County, South Carolina, the state
governments of South Carolina and Washington and White Pine County, Washington
-- had sought their and Commissioner George Apostolakis' recusals, claiming
the each had prejudged the Yucca Mountain project when they said during
their confirmation hearing in February that they would not second-guess DOE's
decision to terminate the program.
Apostolakis recused himself in July, citing work he had done as a chairman
of an independent panel that reviewed the performance assessment of a nuclear
waste repository at Yucca Mountain.
The commission is considering appeals filed by DOE and the state of
Nevada, asking it to overturn a licensing board decision that said DOE does
not have the authority to unilaterally withdraw the congressionally mandated
repository license application.
--Elaine Hiruo, email@example.com
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