According to an annual litigation status report prepared by Solicitor Andrew P. Averbach, the commission was sued just five times last year – well below the average of 10.6 lawsuits per year over the past decade.
At the top of the list of active cases is a complaint from Aiken County and other South Carolina parties that want the courts to force the NRC to resume the license review process for the Yucca Mountain project in Nevada, a site vetted as a permanent nuclear waste repository that was canceled in 2010 by the Obama administration. The case awaits further action in the U.S. Court of Appeals.
Also pending is a case filed by the Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League, which argued against the issuance of a combined operating license for the Plant Vogtle expansion on grounds it failed to take into account lessons learned from the Fukushima accident in Japan. The case was consolidated with a companion suit challenging the NRC’s approval of the AP-1000 reactor.