On May 20, 2021, NBC staff issued a second request for additional information (RAI) to Holtec. More information was requested about its assumptions about pipelines and gas clouds. Written justification was requested for several mechanics of materials claims with regard to structural integrity as well. Read the letter below.

On March 25, 2021, NRC staff issued a letter to Holtec International informing them that NRC will not complete its safety review of the license application to construct and operate the proposed HI-STORE Consolidated Interim Storage Facility (CISF), in Lea County, New Mexico, by its previously published date of May 2021.

The effort to place a Spent Nuclear Fuel Storage Facility in Lea County continues.   The public comment deadline for the draft Environmental Impact Statement has been extended to July 20, 2020.

A national webinar and five public meetings in New Mexico during the public comment period to present the staff’s preliminary findings and receive public comments are planned.  As the COVID-19 public health emergency evolves, the NRC staff will continue to re-evaluate these plans for engaging the public and will consider additional extensions to the comment period.

The draft EIS can be accessed at https://www.nrc.gov/docs/ML2006/ML20069G420.pdf

A summary (Reader’s Guide) of the EIS report can be accessed at:   https://www.nrc.gov/docs/ML2007/ML20073P254.pdf

  • Submit comments on line at https://www.regulations.gov/ (Docket ID NRC-2018-0052).
  • Mail comments to the Office of Administration, Mail Stop: TWFN-7-A60M, ATTN: Program Management, Announcements and Editing Staff, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Washington DC 20555-0001.
  • E-mail comments to Holtec-CISFEIS@nrc.gov.


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The Green Party of the Albuquerque Metropolitan Area represents Sandoval, Bernalillo, Torrance, and Valencia Counties in New Mexico, U. S. A.

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