Bill Reignites Holtec Nuclear Waste Debate

“Interim in this case effectively means permanent…We have great concern about that public safety component of any private waste moving through the state to a facility” — Sarah Cottrell Propst, the Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department secretary.

BY THERESA DAVIS / JOURNAL STAFF WRITER Copyright © 2022 Albuquerque Journal February 1, 2022

ELEA/Holtec storage ground view
Rendering of proposed ELEA/Holtec “storage” plan for commercial reactor spent fuel rods in southeast New Mexico.

A bill aimed at banning disposal of spent nuclear fuel and high-level radioactive waste in New Mexico has reignited debate over Holtec International’s plans for an interim nuclear waste storage facility between Carlsbad and Hobbs.

Senate Bill 54, sponsored by Sen. Jeff Steinborn, D-Las Cruces, cleared the Senate Conservation Committee 5-3 on Tuesday with no recommendation.

The U.S. does not have a permanent storage site for the nation’s spent nuclear fuel.

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