State Regulation of Nuclear Generating Plants Under the Clean Air Act Amendments of 1977
86 Pages Posted: 5 Apr 2006
In the 1977 amendments to the Clean Air Act, Congress quietly but unmistakably delegated to the States a portion of something that several States had agressively but vainly demanded for almost two decades: authority to regulate radioactive air releases from nuclear generating plants. Suprisingly, that delegation of authority has gone virtually unnoticed, unanalyzed, and unimplemented. This Article explores the effect, significance, and possible implementation of those Clean Air Act Amendments.
Keywords: Environmental Law, Clean Air Act, Radioactive Air Emissions, Environmental Federalism, Preemption
JEL Classification: K32
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