Sep. 09, 2020: Today residents of the Shell Bluff community and the Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League announced that they had filed a legal appeal of the license changes granted last month to the owners of Plant Vogtle. In an eight-page brief filed on Friday, the opponents of the license identified a ''Catch-22" process used by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission
Louis A. Zeller, BREDL's Executive Director who filed the appeal, said that the NRC's Atomic Safety and Licensing Board had improperly dismissed its case. In his argument, Zeller charged: ''The [Atomic Safety and Licensing Board] admitted that BREDL is entitled to access all information relied upon by the NRC Staff in accepting a license amendment request., agreed that BREDL was denied that access, and yet instead of judicially upholding the fundamental fairness requirement imposed by NRC procedure, committed a gross injustice." The full Nuclear Regulatory Commission must now rule on BREDL's appeal.