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Nuclear Law


Message From The Chair



The Nuclear Law committee focuses on issues related to nuclear power, nuclear materials, nuclear medicine, state regulation of nuclear materials, and federal, state, and tribal relations. We strive to provide opportunities for professional discourse and information exchange within the bar of attorneys, scientists, and academics interested or involved in the nuclear field.





It’s been an busy year for the Nuclear Law Committee! Here’s a glimpse of what we’ve done and what’s to come:




  • Committee Newsletter: issued 2-3 times per year, the newsletter provides insightful analysis on recent issues and trends in the nuclear sphere.


  • Programming: Committee Conference Calls/Webinars; CLE and non-CLE opportunities.


    • Recent Committee Conference calls included:


      • Building Atom Ants: A Panel Discussion on Small Modular Reactors (June 30, 2015)

      • U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission Fundamentals (July 22, 2015)

    • Committee Happy Hour at Nuclear Regulatory Commission Regulatory Information Conference (RIC) (March 12, 2015)

    • Contact Jane Accomando for details and speaking opportunities.

  • Opportunities to present, publish, network, and collaborate with others in the nuclear field.

  • 23rd Annual SEER Fall Conference in Chicago, Illinois (October 28-31, 2015)

  • 45th Annual SEER Spring Conference in Austin, Texas (March 29-30, 2016)

The Committee is an active participant in the Section’s work, especially through newsletter publication, program sponsorship, and regular updates to this website and our LinkedIn group.


Please feel free to contact me to learn about more ways that you can be involved with the Committee and with your ideas to expand our offerings.


Christine A. Jochim


Chair









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COMMITTEE PROGRAM CALLS
For upcoming calls, please visit the Events & CLE page, and look for the Committee Program Call tab.


Perspectives on Proposed Rulemaking for Decommissioning Nuclear Power Reactors
Presented on June 9, 2016 from 12:00 - 1:00 Eastern

Via teleconference. No CLE credit.
Registration required: click here

Dial-in information will be included in your registration confirmation e-mail.

In person participation is encouraged. Hosted by Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP in its office at 1111 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC.

Please bring a brown bag lunch. Soft drinks will be provided.



Program Overview:
Since 2013, five nuclear power reactors have shut down and have started the decommissioning process; additional plants may shut down and begin the transition to decommissioning. Due to the large number of exemption and license amendment requests submitted by reactor licensees, the NRC issued an Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, “Regulatory Improvements for Decommissioning Power Reactors,” to solicit comments from licensees, the public, and other stakeholders on a proposed rule to amend the current requirements for nuclear power reactors transitioning to decommissioning. This panel discussion will present perspectives on the proposed rulemaking from Jerry Bonanno, Associate General Counsel of the Nuclear Energy Institute, and Geoff Fettus, Senior Attorney, Energy & Transportation Program, at the Natural Resources Defense Counsel. Howard Benowitz, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission Office of the General Counsel lead for the proposed rulemaking will provide background information and act as the moderator for what promises to be an engaging discussion.


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About the Committee
The Nuclear Law Committee focuses on the legal issues related to nuclear power and nuclear materials. Nuclear power is more than just the licensing and operation of power plants—the nuclear fuel cycle also involves fuel production, storage and disposal. Nuclear materials are used to diagnose and treat many types of illness and injury; in industrial and construction applications; and in academia and scientific research.


The Year in Review 2014

Every year the Section of Environment, Energy and Resources publishes a Year in Review. The Year in Review is the Section’s annual summary of important developments in environmental, energy, and resources law over the past year. The 2014 nuclear law chapter examines developments related to nuclear waste fees, Yucca Mountain, the NRC agreement state program, the Continued Storage rule, expedited spent fuel transfer, license renewal, foreign ownership and financial qualifications for merchant plants. The 2014 year in review, including a link to the nuclear law chapter, can be found here.

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Committee Program Call: Perspectives on Proposed Rulemaking for Decommissioning Nuclear Power Reactors

June 9, 2016
Via teleconference. No CLE credit.
Registration required: Register via the link in the post on the main ABA SEER Nuclear Law website to your left
Dial-in information will be included in your registration confirmation e-mail.
In person participation is encouraged. Hosted by Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP in its office at 1111 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC.
Please bring a brown bag lunch. Soft drinks will be provided.
Program Overview:
Since 2013, five nuclear power reactors have shut down and have started the decommissioning process; additional plants may shut down and begin the transition to decommissioning. Due to the large number of exemption and license amendment requests submitted by reactor licensees, the NRC issued an Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, “Regulatory Improvements for Decommissioning Power Reactors,” to solicit comments from licensees, the public, and other stakeholders on a proposed rule to amend the current requirements for nuclear power reactors transitioning to decommissioning. This panel discussion will present perspectives on the proposed rulemaking from Jerry Bonanno, Associate General Counsel of the Nuclear Energy Institute, and Geoff Fettus, Senior Attorney, Energy & Transportation Program, at the Natural Resources Defense Counsel. Howard Benowitz, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission Office of the General Counsel lead for the proposed rulemaking will provide background information and act as the moderator for what promises to be an engaging discussion.
 
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