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Nuclear Waste in Your Backyard
If you care about the environment and the rule of law, then it’s essential to consider how politics is driving the way we’re approaching nuclear energy.
Robert L. Ferguson, a nuclear energy insider who’s spent more than fifty years working in the field, details how he partnered with others to wage a legal battle against two of the most powerful men in the world—President Barack Obama and Secretary of Energy Steven Chu—and won.
The stakes were high: President Obama and his administration suddenly and illegally shut down the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository, which violated the law and was a smack in the face to residents of 38 states that expected spent nuclear fuel to be buried at a central location.
Arm yourself with the knowledge you need to hold elected officials accountable and ensure that they’re not allowed to flagrantly violate the law. If you don’t take time to analyze the issues and do your part to improve U.S. energy policy, you may just end up with Nuclear Waste in Your Backyard indefinitely.
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...
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Robert L. (Bob) Ferguson has more than 50 years of experience in the field of nuclear energy and managing nuclear waste. He is a former Deputy Assistant Secretary for Nuclear Programs within the U.S. Department of Energy, and former Managing Director for the Washington Public Power Supply System (now Energy Northwest). He is responsible for building the Fast Flux Test Facility, a government test reactor for the Breeder Reactor Program, and the Columbia Generating Station, a commercial nuclear reactor still in operation on the Hanford Site in eastern Washington.
On February 25, 2010, Bob and two colleagues from Richland, Washington, filed a lawsuit against President Barack Obama and Secretary of Energy Steven Chu to stop them from violating the Nuclear Waste Policy Act to terminate and dismantle the Yucca Mountain deep geologic nuclear waste repository in Nevada, and a second lawsuit against the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and its former chairman Gregory Jaczko for illegally stopping the NRC’s review of the license application that would have determined whether or not the Yucca Mountain was a safe and suitable site for a nuclear waste repository. His book, The Cost of Deceit and Delay, is the story of how ordinary citizens can hold their government leaders accountable to the law.
A portion of the royalties from this book will be provided to the following scholarships established by Katie and Bob Ferguson. If you would like to donate to these scholarships for needy and minority students, please contact these organizations directly at the web addresses provided. Thank you.
Tri-Cities Prep High School, Pasco, WA
The Rosalio Armijo Academic Scholarship Fund
Washington State University-Tri-Cities
William R. Wiley Scholarship Fund
Gonzaga University, Spokane, WA
Bing Crosby Memorial Scholarship Fund
Holy Names Music Center, Spokane, WA
Crosby-Ferguson Music Scholarship Fund
Limerick: A Lament for the Nuclear Waste Policy Act
A Limerick by Catherine Crosby Ferguson, based on the book The Cost of Deceit & Delay.
Video version on YouTube.