In an unprecedented act of unity, nine attorneys general from nine separate states have intervened in a case involving nuclear safety and Holtec International. The brief, known as an Amici Curiae or “friend of the court” is in support of legal action against the NRC by Massachusetts’ Attorney General, Maura Healey. In September of 2019, Ms. Healey filed a lawsuit alleging that the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) abused its discretion and has acted capriciously (i.e. impulsively and illogically) when the NRC approved Holtec as a nuclear waste vendor for the Pilgrim nuclear power plant.
According to Healey, “”The NRC has repeatedly rubber stamped Holtec’s plans, despite serious concerns about the company’s financial capacity, technical qualifications, and competency to safely decommission and clean up the Pilgrim site. We are asking the Court to exercise its authority to vacate the NRC’s misguided and unsupported actions.”
I other words, the Massachusetts lawsuit strongly suggests that Holtec is incompetent. It also states that the Nuclear Regulatory Commission has violated the Atomic Energy Act, the Administrative Procedure Act, the
National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the Council on Environmental Quality’s NEPA regulations, and the NRC’s own regulations and policies when it allowed Holtec to handle the decommissioning of the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station in Massachusetts.