Riverkeeper v/s US Government

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ERAU GOVT 320 United States Court of Appeals for the 2nd Court Docket # 03-4313 The following information presented in this paper was derived from United States Court of Appeals for the 2nd Court docket # 03-4313. In the time period following the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on New York City and Arlington, Virginia, a nonprofit organization named Riverkeeper made some requests to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Riverkeeper?s mission is to protect the Hudson River and the supply of drinking water for New York and Westchester County.

According to the information I found on docket # 03-4313, Riverkeeper?s request included implementation of a permanent no fly zone over the Indian Point nuclear facility, a defense system to protect this no fly zone, and conversion of the spent-fuel storage at Indian Point to a dry-cask system. These requests were placed less than two months following the September 11th terrorist attacks.

They were placed pursuant to C.F.R. § 2.206 Requests for action and were seeking to condition the operating license for Indian Point on safety measures that Riverkeeper was convinced were necessary to safeguard the nuclear plants from similar types of attacks. Riverkeeper stated that the concern for the security and protection of the Indian Point Nuclear complex is due in part to many reasons. It was pointed out that the nuclear complex is a ?uniquely likely target? due to it?s close proximity to the twenty million people that reside within fifty miles of the facility, major financial centers in New York are less than fifty miles away, there are nearby reservoirs that supply all of Westchester County?s and much of New York City?s drinking water, and the Indian Point complex is located near major transportation systems vital to the regional and national economy.

The no fly zone that...