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Consumer group fights New Mexico nuclear waste project

September 18, 2018 GMT

ROSWELL, N.M. (AP) — A national consumer advocacy group is joining the fight against a proposed nuclear waste storage site in southeastern New Mexico

The Roswell Daily Record reports the Washington, D.C.-based Public Citizen announced last week it had filed to intervene in the license application submitted by Holtec International to the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

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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 a nuclear waste storage facility about 35 miles (56 kilometers) east of Carlsbad.

The facility, to be located in western Lea County, could eventually store up to 10,000 shipments of spent nuclear fuel.

If Public Citizen’s petition is accepted by the federal commission, it would able to participate in hearings. The group says the radioactive waste poses health risks.

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Information from: Roswell Daily Record, http://www.roswell-record.com