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Legislators to meet in Hobbs to discuss Holtec

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A committee of the New Mexico Legislature will meet in Hobbs Thursday morning to talk about the proposed Holtec interim storage site for high-level radioactive waste.

The Radioactive and Hazardous Waste Committee of the Legislature will meet at 9 a.m. at the Center of Recreational Excellence, 4827 N. Lovington Highway, to discuss issues concerning rail transportation of the waste and whether the state has adequate emergency preparedness.

An application for the storage site, to be located halfway between Carlsbad and Hobbs, has been accepted for review by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. The site would be built and managed by Holtec International, which has worked for more than 30 years in nuclear waste storage, and is being developed by the Eddy-Lea Energy Alliance LLC.

Speakers are expected to include the mayor of Hobbs, the directors of emergency management for Eddy and Lea counties, the president of New Mexico Junior College and a nuclear policy analyst with an association of railroad engineers and train workers. The public also can speak, with representatives of the oil and gas, crop-growing and dairy industries anticipated to do so.

Public comments to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission regarding the Holtec application are due by July 30.

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