Measure supports storing spent nuclear fuel in New Mexico

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SANTA FE (AP) – New Mexico lawmakers are considering a pair of nonbinding measures that would signal support for the development of a temporary storage facility to house spent nuclear fuel that has been piling up at reactors around the nation.

The Senate Conservation Committee approved one of the memorials on a 6-3 vote during Thursday’s meeting. The other is awaiting consideration by the full House.

Neither holds any legal weight, and supporters acknowledge that the process for obtaining federal permits could take a few years.

Two rural counties in southeastern New Mexico first announced last year that they partnered with an international firm in the race to build an interim storage facility for spent fuel.

Carlsbad leaders testified in support of the memorial, but environmentalists voiced concerns about New Mexico becoming the nation’s nuclear dumping ground.

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