42 U.S. Code § 2021i - Licensing review and approval

In order to ensure the timely development of new low-level radioactive waste disposal facilities, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission or, as appropriate, agreement States, shall consider an application for a disposal facility license in accordance with the laws applicable to such application, except that the Commission and the agreement state [1] shall—
not later than 12 months after January 15, 1986, establish procedures and develop the technical capability for processing applications for such licenses;
to the extent practicable, complete all activities associated with the review and processing of any application for such a license (except for public hearings) no later than 15 months after the date of receipt of such application; and
to the extent practicable, consolidate all required technical and environmental reviews and public hearings.

[1]  So in original. Probably should be .

Section was enacted as part of the Low-Level Radioactive Waste Policy Act, and not as part of the Atomic Energy Act of 1954 which comprises this chapter.