The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission has removed some of the challenges to the proposed expansion of the Comanche Peak Nuclear Power Plant.
In a ruling issued on Friday, the NRC's Atomic Safety and Licensing Board found most of the contentions raised by intervenors to be moot and dismissed them.
The panel will hold another public hearing on some of the changes proposed to new environmental contentions, however.
When reached for comment, a spokesman for Luminant Generation Co. LLC, which has applied for a license to building two additional nuclear reactors, said the company is still going through the 95-page order.
“An initial read shows that it is generally favorable to us,” the spokesman said.
The intervenors in the application include True Cost of Nukes in Fort Worth and the Sustainable Energy and Economic Development Coalition.
The lone dissenter on the three-member panel was Judge Gary S. Arnold, who said that the board reformulated contentions and relied too heavily on interpretation.
“So many such steps have been taken that the gestalt is an unreasonable and unrecognizable distortion of the contentions intervenors actually submitted,” he wrote in his dissenting opinion.
No further hearing date has been set yet.