The Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s new rules on long-term on-site storage of spent nuclear fuel are facing legal challenges from three states and several environmental groups. The NRC determined in December 2010 that used nuclear fuel and high-level radioactive waste can be safely stored in temporary facilities at nuclear powerplants for 60 years after the plant has gone out of service. Vermont, New York and Connecticut filed a lawsuit with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit on Feb. 15 challenging the NRC’s policy, saying the NRC has not fully evaluated the impact long-term storage at nuclear powerplants would
The market is generally healthy and steadily growing, and margins are up for large specialty contractors. Further, advances in design tools and owner demand for collaboration are giving subcontractors a seat at the table early on in projects.