NRC is coming back to town: Atomic Safety and Licensing Board to hear oral arguments

By by Dianna Wray
March 9, 2011 at 6:01 p.m.
Updated March 9, 2011 at 9:10 p.m.

The Atomic Safety and Licensing Board is coming to town next week to hear about nuclear energy in Victoria.

The Atomic Licensing Board is a panel made up of three judges who travel around conducting hearings for the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

The judges will be in Victoria to hear oral arguments on the Victoria County Station Early Site Permit.

While Exelon representatives have stated that there are still no plans to build in Victoria, the company has been pursuing an Early Site Permit from the NRC to give them the option to build a nuclear energy facility in the future.

The oral arguments will be heard 9 a.m. on March 16 at the Leo J. Welder Center, 214 N. Main St. The session will continue at 9 a.m. on the following day.

The session will be open for public observation but only authorized representatives for the groups taking part in the hearing will be involved in the proceedings.

Those authorized will be Texans for a Sound Energy Policy representatives, Exelon Nuclear Texas Holdings representatives and NRC staff.

Exelon submitted an Early Site Permit application March 25, 2010, seeking approval for the Victoria County Station site, located 13 miles south of Victoria.

This is a move that has been opposed by the TSEP with several objections and contentions challenging Exelon's application.

The ASLB will be considering whether to grant TSEP intervenor status. The ASLB will be hearing oral arguments to see if TSEP meets NRC requirements to be admitted for a hearing under NRC jurisdiction.



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