The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) wants to streamline exemptions for nearly all aspects of nuclear power.
A Categorical Exclusion (10 CFR 51.22) is "a category of actions (that) does not individually or cumulatively have a significant effect on the human environment." Like "generic safety issues" they are not allowed or required to be considered in NRC rulemaking, amendments or Environmental Impact Statements.
In its Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, https://www.regulations.gov/document/NRC-2018-0300-0001 , NRC proposes to expand its existing categorical exclusions from nuclear control even more than they already do (in 10 CFR 51.22) and make it impossible for the public to intervene on over a dozen dangerous and controversial environmental impacts, many which we have challenged over and over including:
Basically, no issue that is categorically excluded will be considered in any nuclear power and waste license applications, amendments, rules or regulations, cask certifications, or other procedures--they would be OFF THE TABLE for public comments and legal interventions.
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