Nine environmental groups last week filed a petition seeking U.S. appellate court review of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s rule certificating the Westinghouse AP1000 nuclear reactor, which will be used in two new units at Plant Vogtle in Georgia, a portion of which is publicly financed.

“The NRC acted arbitrarily, abused its discretion and violated the National Environmental Policy Act, the Administrative Procedures Act, the Atomic Energy Act, the commission’s policies and regulations, the Council on Environmental Quality’s regulations, and other applicable laws and regulations in certifying the AP1000 reactor design,” said the petitioners.

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