The Nuclear Regulatory Commission accepted a nuclear power plant part manufacturer’s proposal Wednesday to build a high-level, underground nuclear waste facility in southeast New Mexico. Holtec International plans to initially store up to 8,680 metric tons of waste at the site. The 1,045-acre facility, if approved, would be located in Lea County, 12 miles away from the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in Carlsbad. Los Alamos National Laboratory stores its transuranic waste at WIPP. Waste stored at the proposed facility would originate at nuclear reactors across the country, and would be in the form of spent nuclear fuel rods – high-level radioactive waste – and reactor-related waste greater than class c waste, according to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. The facility would be named the Hi-Store Consolidation Interim Storage Facility. Holtec also applied for a 40-year waste storage license.
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