Nuclear Regulatory Commission August 8, 2008 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

The Attorney General of Commonwealth of Massachusetts, The Attorney General of California; Denial of Petitions for Rulemaking
Document Number: E8-18291
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2008-08-08
Agency: Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Agencies and Commissions
The NRC is denying two petitions for rulemaking (PRM), one filed by the Attorney General of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts (Massachusetts AG) and the other filed by the Attorney General for the State of California (California AG), presenting nearly identical issues and requests for rulemaking concerning the environmental impacts of the high-density storage of spent nuclear fuel in large water pools, known as spent fuel pools (SFPs). The Petitioners asserted that ``new and significant information'' shows that the NRC incorrectly characterized the environmental impacts of high-density spent fuel storage as ``insignificant'' in its National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) generic environmental impact statement (EIS) for the renewal of nuclear power plant licenses. Specifically, the Petitioners asserted that spent fuel stored in high-density SFPs is more vulnerable to a zirconium fire than the NRC concluded in its NEPA analysis.