As residents near Carlsbad, New Mexico and West Texas remain opposed to nuclear waste site dumps near their homes, the government announced this week it will search for other sites to also store spent nuclear fuel.
It will cost $26 million to conduct the study to find communities willing to accept a temporary federal site while the permanent repository is completed in New Mexico.
The Associated Press reported that 13 groups will each receive $2 million to explore other sites in the U.S. This study is being conducted with the aim of creating a federal storage site independent of the two private sites proposed for southern New Mexico and Texas, which are embroiled in heated political and legal battles.
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