Holtec’s proposed HI-STORE interim storage facility. Image: HoltecNew Mexico attorney general Hector Balderas has filed suit against the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and the United States, seeking to stop Holtec International’s application to build and operate its HI-STORE consolidated interim storage facility for used nuclear fuel in the state. The complaint, filed in the U.S. District Court of New Mexico on March 29, seeks a declaratory judgment that the NRC is acting beyond the scope of its authority and an injunction preventing the licensing from moving forward.“I am taking legal action because I want to mitigate dangers to our environment and to other energy sectors,” Balderas said. “It is fundamentally unfair for our residents to bear the risks of open-ended uncertainty.”The HI-STORE facility, which would be located outside Carlsbad, N.M., near the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant, has continued to receive backing from the communities and counties in southeast New Mexico, with resolutions supporting the project being passed by local governments. The project also was supported by former New Mexico governor Susana Martinez. Current governor Michelle Lujan Grisham has come out against licensing the facility.

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