Saturday, May 4, 2013

Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Corp. v. Natural Resources Defense Council case brief

Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Corp. v. Natural Resources Defense Council case brief
435 U.S. 519 (1978)

CASE SYNOPSIS: Respondent organization objected to the grant by the Atomic Energy Commission of a license to petitioner corporation to operate a nuclear power plant, pursuant to the Atomic Energy Act of 1954, 42 U.S.C.S. § 2011 et seq. The United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit remanded the decision of the Commission. The corporation challenged the remand.

FACTS: The corporation contended that the rulemaking proceedings instituted by the Commission to deal with the question of environmental effects associated with the uranium fuel cycle provided an adequate database for the regulation adopted. Therefore, the adoption of the resultant administrative rule and the decision to grant petitioner's license were statutorily valid. The Court held that the lower court improperly intruded into the Commission's decision making process by denying the Commission the right to exercise its administrative discretion in deciding how, in the light of internal organization considerations, it may best proceed to develop the needed evidence and how its prior decision should be modified in light of such evidence.

CONCLUSION: The court reversed the judgment and remanded the case to the district court.

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