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In the Matter of Louisiana Energy Services, L.P.

Nuclear Regulatory Commission
Atomic Safety and Licensing Board


Louisiana Energy Services, L.P. (LES) (defendant) sought a 30-year materials license from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) to possess and use special nuclear material in order to enrich uranium using a gas centrifuge process at the Claiborne Enrichment Center (CEC), a 442-acre tract of land immediately adjacent to two mostly African-American communities, Forest Grove and Center Springs. The Citizens Against Nuclear Trash (CANT) (plaintiff) intervened into the licensing process and claimed LES’s decision to place CEC near the communities was racially-motivated and contrary to the nondiscrimination component of Executive Order 12,898. The Licensing Board reviewed the petition.

Rule of Law


Holding and Reasoning (More, Cole, and Shon, JJ.)

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