Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham urges Joe Biden to block nuclear waste site

The storage of nuclear waste in southeastern New Mexico drew the ire of Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham, who in a letter Wednesday urged President Joe Biden to stop such a project near Carlsbad and Hobbs because of perceived threats to local residents and impacts of environmental racism to block.

Holtec International proposed the project, which would store up to 100,000 tons of spent nuclear fuel at surface in a remote area near the Eddy-Lea county line, after being recruited by a consortium of local leaders in the area known as Eddy-Lea Energy Alliance.

The Alliance provided the land, some 1,000 acres in the middle of the Permian Basin oil fields, and worked with Holtec to promote the project and gain public support.

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