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Governor Susana Martinez is throwing her weight behind the idea of increasing nuclear waste storage in southeastern New Mexico and anti-nuclear activists fear the consequences.

Watchdog Says Nuclear Storage Boom Unlikely

Sep 9, 2014
Kenoir vis flickr

 

Supporters of a plan to profit from nuclear waste storage in southern New Mexico said this week that they hope to start collecting spent fuel rods from nuclear power plants soon.  However, a recent decision from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission doesn’t eliminate all of the hurdles that the group would have to clear before there’s a chance of that actually happening.

New Mexico Eyes Nuke Project After Ruling

Sep 8, 2014
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Two southeastern New Mexico counties could get a new nuclear-related project thanks to a ruling by the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

The Hobbs News-Sun reports the NRC last month approved a plan for the continued storage of used nuclear fuel onsite at nuclear power plants.

This action could open the door in Lea and Eddy counties for a long-term interim storage facility for spent nuclear fuel.

Advocates: Renewable Energy Saves Water

Jun 25, 2014
Sierra Club and 350 New Mexico

A group of environmentalists unveiled a plan today that would call for the state’s largest electric utility to increase their renewable energy portfolio.  This alternative to PNM’s plan would also drastically reduce water usage in a time of severe drought.