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Resumption of Yucca Mountain Licensing Review

The NRC has asked participants in the adjudicatory proceeding to offer views to the Commission by September 30, 2013 on how to restart the Yucca Mountain licensing process.  This will help the Commission ensure the most efficient and productive use of the approximately $11 million that the agency has left to resume the licensing process, which was suspended in September of 2011.  This Commission action is in response to an order of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit that was issued on August 13, 2013, granting a writ of mandamus directing the agency to “promptly continue the legally mandated licensing process.”  The Court’s order became effective on September 3, 2013.