Public airs concerns about proposed nuclear waste project near WIPP

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By Tris DeRoma

Environmental activists, leaders of nuclear safety organizations and New Mexico residents voiced concerns Wednesday during an online meeting about Holtec’s plans to build a temporary holding facility for spent nuclear waste in southeastern New Mexico.

The company plans to store up to 8,680 tons of spent fuel from nuclear reactors from across the United States. 

Holtec has applied to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission for a 40-year license for the project. The overall lifespan of the facility is for 120 years. 

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission held the meeting Wednesday to gather public comment for Holtec’s environmental review application to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission for the project.

Many were concerned about the company’s plans to bring waste from all over the country to the facility.

“Transportation must be examined thoroughly, as far as environmental impact is concerned,” said Nuclear Information Service Director David Craft. “We don’t have the Starship Enterprise, we don’t have the ability to instantly transport this waste from one place to another. There will be hundreds of communities affected by the decision made by the NRC’s EIS (Environmental Impact Statement) and they need to have a voice and a part in this proceeding. 

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