New Mexico Governor Condemns DOE Plan for Nuclear Waste Storage Site

Governing: A proposed interim storage facility in a remote area of New Mexico that has been seen as a possible destination to take commercial nuclear waste from sites such as the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station suffered a major setback over the weekend after the state's governor came out against the project.

In a letter to the heads of the U.S. Department of Energy and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham did not pull any punches, saying the $2.4 billion project poses an "unacceptable risk" for the oil, gas and agriculture industries surrounding the site and its construction would amount to "economic malpractice."

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