"CARLSBAD, N.M. — U.S. nuclear regulators have hosted their final public hearing on a proposal to build a multibillion-dollar complex in southern New Mexico to store spent nuclear fuel from commercial power plants around the country, and there’s still disagreement about whether granting a license to Holtec International would be a good thing.
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission heard from both supporters and critics during Wednesday’s meeting. In a preliminary recommendation, the commission favored approval of a license for Holtec International to build the facility in southeastern New Mexico.
The NRC staff’s preliminary recommendation states there are no environmental impacts that would preclude the commission from issuing a license for environmental reasons. A study on the project’s impact on human safety is pending and will require another round of public comment."