US seeks more info on proposed nuclear waste storage project

October 16, 2018 GMT

HOBBS, N.M. (AP) — Federal regulators are seeking more information from developers who have proposed building a storage facility at a site in southeastern New Mexico for spent fuel from commercial reactors around the United States.

Holtec International, a New Jersey-based company specializing in nuclear storage, has applied to the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission for a license to construct the nuclear waste storage facility about 35 miles (56 kilometers) east of Carlsbad.


The Hobbs News-Sun reports the commission staff is currently conducting a detailed security review of Holtec’s security and safeguards plan for the proposed $2.4 billion storage facility.

According to a letter sent to Holtec last week, the staff determined more information is necessary for its review.

New Mexico-based Holtec spokesman Gerges Scott says the questions were anticipated and Holtec is preparing responses.


Information from: Hobbs News-Sun, http://www.hobbsnews.com