WASHINGTON, D.C. – Azarga, with its wholly owned subsidiary, Powertech (USA) Inc., and the United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) have both filed petitions for review of the April 30, 2015, decision of the United States Atomic Safety and Licensing Board (ASLB) which ruled on seven contentions raised by the Consolidated Intervenors and the Oglala Sioux Tribe regarding the NRC Final Source and Byproduct Materials License for the Dewey Burdock Uranium Project.
Both parties filed for a petition for review regarding the ASLB decision on identification and protection of historic and cultural resources, requesting to reverse the conclusion that the NRC staff did not adequately consult with the Oglala Sioux Tribe or address potential environmental impacts on the Tribe’s cultural, religious and historic resources sufficient to meet the requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA).
Azarga’s position references a record including NRC effort over five years consulting with 23 Native American Tribes. The agreement provides ongoing opportunity for tribal participation throughout the life of the project.
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Both the Consolidated Intervenors and Oglala Sioux Tribe filed petitions for review covering most of the contentions heard by the ASLB as well as contentions that were not found admissible. Azarga and the NRC will have the opportunity to respond to these filings on which extensive argument has already occurred.
All petitions from the parties will be reviewed by the five-member, Senate-appointed Commission of the NRC who will rule directly on the petitions. Each party is to provide responses to the petitions within the next 25 days.