T4  Recent Developments Affecting Public Participation in Adjudicatory Hearings before the NRC

The session will address legal issues affecting the right to a hearing before the NRC concerning new, operating, and decommissioned nuclear reactors, as well as materials licenses. The issues will be examined from the perspective of various participants in the licensing process, including States, licensees, and license applicants, and those (such as Native American Tribes and public interest organizations) that may oppose or have concerns about a nuclear reactor or materials license. Issues expected to be discussed include (1) the legal implications of transfers to States of the licensing of in situ leachate mining facilities, including, for example, changes in licensing procedures, licensing requirements, and procedures for environmental review, (2) the right of Native Americans to obtain a hearing on issues related to the protection of historic and cultural resources, (3) the right of States to obtain a hearing on the decommissioning of nuclear reactors, and (4) the implications of recent Federal court decisions affecting the right to a hearing before the NRC.


  • William Froehlich, Administrative Judge, ASLBP/NRC
  • Ronald Spitzer, Administrative Judge, ASLBP/NRC
  • Recent Developments in Administrative Law
    Geoffrey H. Fettus, Senior Attorney, Energy and Transportation Program, Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC)
  • State's Perspective on ASLB Proceedings
    Kyle Landis-Marinello, Assistant Attorney General, State of Vermont
  • Emerging Issues at NRC for Administrative Litigation
    Christopher S. Pugsley, Partner, Thompson & Pugsley, PLLC
  • An Indian Tribe‚Äôs Perspective on Adjudicatory Hearings before the NRC
    Philip R. Mahowald, Senior Attorney, Jacobson, Magnuson, Anderson & Halloran, P.C.


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