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NRC Issues License for Holtec’s New Mexico Consolidated Spent Nuclear Fuel Storage Facility

May 11, 2023

Via: PowerMag

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has granted Holtec International a license to build and operate a consolidated interim storage facility (CISF) for spent nuclear fuel in southeastern New Mexico, despite the state’s opposition.

Granted on May 9 after an eight-year process, the NRC’s license allows Holtec to “receive, possess, transfer, and store” 500 canisters holding about 8,680 metric tons of commercial spent nuclear fuel for 40 years at the HI-STORE CISF. Holtec plans to build the HI-STORE CISF in Lea County and Eddy County, New Mexico, on land provided by regional economic development authority Eddy Lea Energy Alliance (ELEA).

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