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The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) issued a license to Holtec International on May 9, 2023, to construct an “interim” nuclear waste storage facility in Lea County in southern New Mexico. This comes after the New Mexico Legislature passed SB 53 – Storage of Certain Radioactive Waste, providing the state authority over nuclear waste storage. Here is a compilation of additional resources on this issue.

2023 Legislative Outcome: SB 53 Storage Certain Radioactive Waste 

SourceNM article on pre-emption and Holtec with quotes from Doug Meiklejohn

NM Political Report article

Governor Lujan Grisham letter to NRC

Text of SB 53

Coalition press statement on NRC permit approval