Common Cause v. Nuclear Regulatory Commission

674 F.2d 921 (D.C. Cir. 1982)


The NRC closed its budget proposal meetings to the public. Ps disputed that closure under the Sunshine Act. The District Court held that the agency acted unlawfully in closing a meeting on July 18, 1980, and ordered NRC to refrain from closing all such similar meetings in the future. The Court then adjudged the Commission in civil contempt for a closed meeting on July 25, 1981, and it could release that civil contempt by publishing a transcript of that meeting. A further such order was issued again for a meeting on October 15, 1981.