New Mexico coalition remains optimistic on nuke storage plan

HOBBS, N.M. (AP) — The head of a southeastern New Mexico coalition supporting plans to build a facility to temporary store spent nuclear fuel says supporters have around 18 months to go.

The Hobbs News-Sun reports Eddy Lea Energy Alliance Chairman John Heaton last week encouraged fellow board members to keep pushing for the proposed multimillion-dollar facility despite opposition from environmentalists and nuclear watchdog groups.

Heaton says a number of agencies are set in the coming months to release environmental and safety reports followed by hearings.

New Jersey-based Holtec International is seeking a 40-year license from federal regulators to build the complex near Carlsbad.

The Eddy Lea Energy Alliance is a public entity formed through a joint powers agreement among the New Mexico cities of Carlsbad and Hobbs and Eddy and Lea counties.

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

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