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BREAKING: Supreme Court, in 6-3 Vote, Upholds Virginia’s Ban on Uranium Mining

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See below for another good Supreme Court ruling, again with a somewhat odd breakdown of Justices (6-3, with Roberts, Breyer and Alito dissenting)…this time on Virginia Uranium. Bottom line: SCOTUS affirmed the rulings of lower courts, as follows:

“Both the District Court and the Fourth Circuit rejected the company’s argument, finding that while the [Atomic Energy Act – AEA] affords the [Nuclear Regulatory Commission – NRC] considerable authority over the nuclear fuel life cycle, it offers no hint that Congress sought to strip States of their traditional power to regulate mining on private lands within their borders…federal regulation of certain activities does not mean that States must authorize activities antecedent to those federally regulated. For example, federal regulation of nuclear powerplants does not demand that States allow the construction of such powerplants in the first place.”