January 26, 2011 20:56 Age: 3 yrs

IN BRIEF: Turner Clinic Arguing in Nuclear Licensing Proceeding

During the fall semester, Emory’s Turner Environmental Law Clinic has been involved in a major licensing matter before the Atomic Safety and Licensing Board of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

The Turner Clinic—on behalf of Southern Alliance for Clean Energy, National Parks Conservation Association and two individuals—is seeking formal intervention in the licensing proceeding for two nuclear reactors at Turkey Point on Biscayne Bay in Florida. The proposed site is adjacent to Everglades and Biscayne Bay National Parks. Its construction would destroy hundreds of acres of wetlands within the Everglades.

Under the supervision of Acting Director Larry Sanders and Staff Attorney Mindy Goldstein, the Turner Clinic filed a 106-page reply in the first round of briefing on Oct. 1. The clinic’s student-attorneys recorded approximately 275 hours of work over three weeks, in addition to attending classes.

“All seven students this semester played a vital, substantive role in pro­ducing the reply brief,” Sanders says. “Their work and dedication has been remarkable.”

In November, the board will hear oral arguments on the petitions to intervene in the licensing proceeding during a hearing in Homestead, Fla. Four Turner Clinic student-attor­neys—DeKeely Atkins 03MPH 11L, Matt Shechtman 11L, Carter Thurman 13L and Maggie Wendler 11L—have been granted permission by the aslb to argue parts of the case.


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