Nuclear Waste Storage Site Could Be Coming to New Mexico

Staff Report
NewsWest 9

NEW MEXICO - A nuclear waste storage site could be coming to New Mexico.

Lea and Eddy Counties, along with Hobbs and Carlsbad, are trying to convince the federal government to let them put it in their region.

The groups have partnered with a French Nuclear Conglomerate, Areva, to promote the project.

The site they have in mind is mid-way between Hobbs and Carlsbad.

It would be used as an interim storage site for nearly 70,000 metric tons of high level nuclear waste, now mainly stored at nuclear power plants.

It remains unclear right now if the federal government will go for the idea.