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Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Corp. v. NRDC
Argued November 28, 1977
Decided April 3, 1978
Full case name
Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Corp. v. Natural Resources Defense Council, Inc.
U.S. 519 ( ) more
While federal agencies are free to grant additional procedural rights in the exercise of their discretion, reviewing courts are generally not free to impose them if the agencies have not chosen to grant them.
Rehnquist, joined by
Blackmun, Powell took no part in the consideration or decision of the case.
Administrative Procedure Act
, Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Corp. v. Natural Resources Defense Council 435 U.S. 519 (1978), is a case in which the United States Supreme Court held that a court cannot impose rulemaking procedures on a federal government agency. The federal Administrative Procedure Act of 1946 and an agency's statutory mandate from Congress establish the maximum requirements for an agency's rulemaking (and adjudicative) process. An agency may grant additional procedural rights in the regulatory process (within constitutional and statutory limits), but a reviewing court cannot "impose upon the agency its own notion of which procedures are 'best' or most likely to further some vague, undefined public good." (435 U.S. at 549.) To do so would exceed the limits of judicial review of agency action.
Subsequent developments [ edit ]
The case was remanded for the circuit court to determine whether the Table S-3 rule was adequately supported by the administrative record. After the NRC revised the rule, the
Natural Resources Defense Council filed for judicial review of the new regulation, leading to a second Supreme Court case, , 462 U.S. 78 (1983). Baltimore Gas & Elec. Co. v. Natural Resources Defense Council, Inc.
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