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Holtec granted license for spent nuclear fuel storage in NM

Alaina Mencinger and Dan McKay of the Albuquerque Journal report on a spent nuclear fuel storage facility in New Mexico.

The C3 Take
  • After five years of review, Holtec has received approval from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to build a temporary storage facility for spent nuclear fuel on private lands near Hobbs, New Mexico.
  • New Mexico’s governor has already signed legislation to block the project, which Holtec may challenge through legislation or litigation.
  • Hobbs’ mayor and its residents are in favor of the spent fuel facility and have accurately labeled it as a safe and secure option for handling spent nuclear fuel.
  • NIMBYism and government-imposed roadblocks are stifling innovation and clean energy progress.

“The license would allow the Florida-headquartered company to receive, possess, transfer and store 500 canisters of spent nuclear fuel — a total of 8,680 metric tons of spent fuel — for 40 years. Holtec plans to eventually store up to 10,000 canisters throughout 19 expansions phases, according to the NRC.”

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