On May 14, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit rejected a suit surrounding the recent Nuclear Regulatory Commission decision to approve the construction of the first new nuclear reactor in decades. The NRC had approved a license filed by Southern Co. to construct a nuclear reactor at its Vogtle plant. The suit said the NRC had not fully considered information from the Fukushima accident when approving the license and had then declined to reopen the process. The court said the claims did not have merit, citing the lone dissent by former NRC Chairman Gregory Jaczko which focused not on environmental issues but on safety measures. The groups that filed the suit against the NRC were the Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League, the Center for a Sustainable Coast, Citizens Allied for Safe Energy, Friends of the Earth, the Georgia Women’s Action for New Directions, NC Warn, the Nuclear Information and Resource Service, Nuclear Watch South, and the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy.