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Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Corp. v. Natural Resources Defense Council, Inc.
United States Supreme Court
435 U.S. 519 (1978)
The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) (defendant) challenged a rule promulgated by the Atomic Energy Commission (AEC), arguing that the AEC denied it a meaningful opportunity to participate in rulemaking proceedings. Specifically, the NRDC argued that the absence of discovery or cross-examination rendered the proceedings inadequate. Upon finding that the procedures followed during the hearing were indeed inadequate, the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia remanded the rule to the AEC. The court found that employing full formal adjudicatory procedures during rulemaking hearings would create a more adequate record and would give interested parties a better opportunity to participate in the proceedings. Such procedural requirements were not included in the AEC's existing rulemaking processes. The United States Supreme Court granted certiorari.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Rehnquist, J.)
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