Company proposes nuclear waste storage in New Mexico

Hobbs city sign

HOBBS, N.M. (AP) – An energy equipment company has taken steps toward opening a long-term storage facility for spent nuclear fuel in southeastern New Mexico.

The News-Sun reports that Holtec International has submitted a letter of intent to the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission about its bid to open a $5 billion Consolidated Interim Storage Facility in Lea County.

Hobbs Mayor Sam Cobb says the formal notice to the NRC is the latest development in a years-long process.

Holtec is proposing a long-term facility that could have a lifespan of 100 years. Company officials have said they anticipate initial licensing for the first 40 years.

The company’s letter to the NRC says it hopes to submit a site-specific license application by the end of November.

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