New Mexico Files Lawsuit To Block Holtec Nuclear Waste Facility

"New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas filed a lawsuit against the federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission intended to block a project to build a temporary storage facility for high-level nuclear waste in southeast New Mexico.

The project was proposed by New Jersey-based Holtec International and would be designed to hold spent nuclear fuel rods from plants across the country temporarily while a permanent repository was designed and built.

A permanent repository for high-level waste does not exist in the U.S. after such a project at Yucca Mountain, Nevada was blocked by state lawmakers and de-funded during the administration of former-President Barack Obama."

Adrian Hedden reports for the Carlsbad Current-Argus March 29, 2021.

Source: Carlsbad Current-Argus, 03/30/2021