The Cost Of Deceit & Delay
Bob Ferguson writes about his experience as one of three private citizens who dared to sue the President of the United States for breaking the law. Update: "We won!!!"
When President Barack Obama terminated the Yucca Mountain deep geological nuclear waste repository project, he broke the law. When Congress failed to hold the President accountable for violating the Nuclear Waste Policy Act (NWPA), three private citizens from Richland, Washington, businessmen involved in managing nuclear waste at the Hanford Site, filed suit against President Obama, the Department of Energy (DOE), and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC). Two states, two counties, and another organization affected by the termination of the Yucca Mountain Project joined Robert L. Ferguson, Bill Lampson, and Gary Petersen in their lawsuit. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit found that neither the President or these two federal agencies had the legal authority to terminate the Yucca Mountain Project or to stop the NRC's review of the Yucca Mountain license application. Only Congress has that authority through legislation.
On August 13, 2013, the D.C. Court of Appeals issued its final ruling--ordering the NRC to obey the law and resume its review of the Yucca Mountain license application. The private citizens won their case--holding the President and his administration accountable to the law!
Wall Street Journal, August 25, 2013
Letters to the Editor: Nuclear Waste, Yucca Mountain and the Rule of Law
The NRC should obey the law on the Yucca Mountain facility and Harry Reid should support the rule of law. More...
ANS Nuclear Cafe--A Blog for All Things Nuclear, August 15, 2013
Court Finally Rules on Yucca Mountain's NRC License Review
After a year-long wait, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission must follow the law and resume the review of the Yucca Mountain license application. More...
New York Times, Green Blog, by Matt Wald, November 12, 2012
Will a Lame Duck Congress Confront Nuclear Waste?
A new book by Mr. Ferguson, "The Cost of Deceit and Delay," takes a deep dive into some of the politics surrounding the repository, which is about 100 miles north of Las Vegas. It focuses on a problem that the court may deal with next month. More...
Annette Cary, Tri-City Herald, September 26, 2012
Former DOE official would abolish agency, he says in new book
Bob Ferguson, a former Department of Energy official, makes the case for abolishing DOE in his new book released Tuesday. More...