Global nuclear partnership hearing Thursday

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By The Staff

Los Alamos residents are invited to participate in a public hearing Thursday related to an environmental impact statement on the Department of Energy’s Global Nuclear Energy Partnership plans.

The Draft Global Nuclear Energy Partnership Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement will be discussed 7-9 p.m. at the Hilltop House Best Western, 400 Trinity Dr.

The only hearing in the northern part of the state, it follows similar meetings in Hobbs, Carlsbad and Roswell.

The proposal considers alternatives for reprocessing spent nuclear fuel in order to reuse it to generate additional energy, to minimize the volume and hazard for eventual storage of the waste material, and to reduce the danger that the material could be diverted or become a nuclear threat.

Information about GNEP is available at www.gnep.energy.gov, which includes links to the impact statement, fact sheets and related materials.