Federal court orders NRC to consider public input on nuclear safety

The Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit this week ordered the NRC to allow for more public participation, or to explain why it should not have to do so, in its decision-making process on fire safety questions at the Indian Point 3 nuclear reactor, The New York Times reports.

Controversy over the plant’s Hemyc fire retardant dates to the 1980s when the material was first installed and was then found to be significantly less effective than was first thought. The decision came in a lawsuit filed by a New York state assemblyman who is publicly opposed to Indian Point, according to the Times.

The court’s decision did not include a judgment on the validity of the exemptions granted by the NRC, but did call that the charges made by the plaintiff in the lawsuit “generally without merit."

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