Just a week after state, local, and national citizens groups started filing legal complaints with the agency, the NRC did a grand and melifluous curtsy -- issuing a "Notice Withdrawing the Hearing Notice Regarding the Application for a Combined Operating License for South Texas Project Units 3 and 4."
What it means is that folks with gripes against San Antonio's nuke buddies at NRG Energy have an open window to seek "intervener" status with the agency. Prior to the legal fluffle, the NRC had set a firm deadline of February 25 for concerned citizens to convince the Feds they had good reason to scuttle (or at least consider scuttling) the deal. All that performance pressure and the applicant hadn't even supplied major portions of its application!
"The NRC agreed with our petition that the application really wasn't complete," said state Sierra Club spokesman Cyrus Reed (not to be mixed up with that other Cyrus sponging off his performing Disney spawn). "The company itself said we can't supply you with the information."
In that very precise legal language the NRC agreed to "indefinitely suspend the deadline." A new date will be set when the South Texas Nuke Contingent is ready to submit a REAL application.
So, is this a victory for the process?
Is this the end of those nasty goat-sucking rumors?
"This puts the nuclear industry and the NRC on notice that the process they've set up doesn't work," Reed said.
And so what time's the overhaul? We'll keep you posted.