Oglala Sioux Tribe v. Nuclear Regulatory Commission Case heard in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.

Presiding Judges Wilkins, Rao, and Jackson of the United States Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit heard this case on Tuesday, November 9, 2021 9:30 A.M. Case#: 20-1489 Oglala Sioux Tribe and Aligning for Responsible Mining v. NRC (15 minutes per side)

Mr. Jeff Parsons, attorney for the petitioners, Oglala Sioux Tribe and Aligning for Responsible Mining, opened with: “This case at base is about the significant cultural resources including burials, prayer sites, and habitation sites, in addition to an important regional groundwater aquifers, their risk from significant impacts as a result of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s failure in this case, to follow the procedural requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act, NEPA and the National Historic Preservation Act. With respect to the National Environmental Policy Act, the process the Nuclear Regulatory Commission used violated NEPA in at least three ways.”

Below is our recording of this court hearing that was live-streamed. We also transcribed this hearing for the hearing impaired and have provide a PDF. Note: Most phone and tablet browsers won’t display embedded PDFs, but you can view on your computer and/or download the file to your desktop to read later.


Note: We used Otter.ai to transcribe this hearing. We tried our best to sift through for transcription errors. If you see something that might need to be corrected, please let us know at nobhuranium@bhcleanwateralliance.org

Hearing Begins at 42:12 in the original recording provided by the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals and that video can be found at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Im3mS9pqPgM.


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