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After Texas case, Fifth Circuit also throws out Holtec license for New Mexico interim storage
A federal court late last week vacated Holtec International’s Nuclear Regulatory Commission license to store spent nuclear fuel in New Mexico. Holtec’s license, granted in May 2023, got caught up in a decision by the U.S Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit that the Nuclear Regulatory Commission may not license storage of commercial spent fuel away from the reactors that generated it. Holtec was not involved with that case, filed by Texas in 2021, but “Texas v. NRC dictates the outcome here,” the Fifth Circuit wrote in the March 27 order that threw out Holtec’s license. The Fifth Circuit tossed the license at the behest of mineral rights groups…
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