Decommissioning causes nuclear conundrum

Decommissioning causes nuclear conundrum

There are approximately 100 uranium-powered plants in the United States. They are located in urban centers near waterways that are used to cool the operation of the power plants. Utility owners and these communities’ elected officials are  “decommissioning” aged-out uranium-powered plants. As there is no technology capable of removing radiation, they are looking to ‘store’ the waste in rural areas such as our backyard.

Holtec Nuclear Waste Storage Proposal

Holtec Nuclear Waste Storage Proposal

Holtec International has a controversial plan to store up to 100,000 tons of the nation’s most dangerous nuclear-reactor waste, for as long as 120 years, at a site between Hobbs and Carlsbad. More than 10,000 rail cars of high-level radioactive waste will be dumped on New Mexico if this project is approved. Opponents are concerned about the health, safety, transportation, financial, and environmental-justice aspects of storing high-level radioactive waste that would impact thousands of generations to come.