A New Jersey-based company on Thursday defended plans to build a multibillion-dollar facility in the New Mexico desert to store spent fuel from commercial reactors around the United States, citing long-standing yet unmet obligations by the federal government to find a permanent solution for dealing with the tons of waste building up at the nation’s nuclear power plants. The project proposed by Holtec International would allow for spent fuel rods to be transferred from dozens of sites around the country to a more secure temporary home in southeastern New Mexico, said Jay Silberg, an attorney representing the company.
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Fully satisfying the U.S. energy and defense departments’ fiscal year 2019 nuclear-related requests would cost $494 billion over the next decade, according to a new Congressional Budget Office review. Within that 12-figure sum is an estimated $9 billion for plutonium pit production buildout at the Savannah River Site and Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico, according to the report, which was issued Thursday.
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