BRADENTON, Fla. — The National Environmental Policy Act was violated when the Nuclear Regulatory Commission approved Georgia’s Vogtle nuclear plant licensing, environmentalists have argued in a federal appeal.

The NRC failed to address the environmental implications of the two new nuclear units at Vogtle after adopting safety improvements recommended by the agency’s own task force following an investigation of the earthquake and flooding at the Fukushima plant in Japan last year, according to a recent brief filed in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia.

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