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Mayaguezanos por la Salud y el Ambiente and ors v United States, Appeal Judgment, Case No 99-1412, 198 F.3d 297 (1st Cir. 1999), ILDC 1058 (US 1999), 20th December 1999, Court of Appeals (1st Circuit) [1st Cir.]



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Whether a shipment of vitrified high-level nuclear waste from France to Japan, declared to be practically irrecoverable, was governed by the US-EURATOM Agreement, and thus required the United States to review the shipment under the National Environmental Policy Act (‘NEPA’) as a major federal action.

Whether international law required the US to regulate the shipment of nuclear waste through its exclusive economic zone, and thus would have required the US to file an Environmental Impact Statement in accordance with NEPA.

Keywords: Customary international law; Exclusive economic zone; Jurisdiction of states, extra-territorial; Territorial sea

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Subjects: International Environmental Law ; Public International Law ; International Law ; Law

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