New Mexico creates law restricting storage of high-level nuclear waste


New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan wasted no time in signing a bill into law putting limits on the storage of high-level nuclear waste in her state. However, it might face a legal challenge from the federal government.

The new law was in reaction to plans by Holtec International to build a temporary storage location for nuclear waste from power plants across the U.S. The company proposed the storage around Carlsbad, New Mexico.

However, questions remain whether the state has the legal authority to enforce the law because the federal Atomic Energy Act gave such authority to the federal government reported the New Mexico Political Report.

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