2014-08-21 34 GROUPS URGE NRC TO POSTPONE KEY VOTES IN ORDER TO AVOID “TAINT” OF MAGWOOD CONFLICT OF INTEREST

Nearly three dozen groups and individuals are urging Nuclear Regulatory Commission Chairman Allison Macfarlane to postpone two major votes on nuclear waste storage and reactor licensing until after the announced August 31, 2014 departure of embattled NRC Commissioner William D. Magwood.

In their joint letter available online at http://tinyurl.com/magwoodconflict, the groups said the step is necessary to “alleviate the taint on the integrity of the NRC’s decision-making process created by Mr. Magwood’s continued participation in NRC safety and environmental decisions.”  The two NRC votes tentatively set for August 26th have to do with whether or not to approve a new agency rule and environmental study regarding the effects of long-term spent nuclear reactor fuel storage and whether or not to lift the stay of reactor licensing that the Commission imposed on itself in 2013, after the U.S. Court of Appeals threw out a prior rule.

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