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NRC licenses Holtec to store spent nuclear fuel in New Mexico; New Mexico pols oppose
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission this week licensed Holtec International to operate a consolidated interim storage facility for spent nuclear fuel in New Mexico, where politicians vowed to block the project. Holtec’s is one of two proposed consolidated interim storage facilities the NRC has licensed over the last two years to receive spent fuel. If built, these facilities would be the only destinations available for fuel now stored onsite at the nuclear power plants that generated it. With its new NRC license, Jupiter, Fla.-based Holtec’s proposed HI-STORE facility could take on up to 8,680 metric tons of uranium, the equivalent of 500 canisters, “in the form of undamaged fuel assemblies, damaged…
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Los Alamos plutonium-handling gloveboxes breached several times in March, April
At least five glove-box breaches occurred at the Los Alamos National Laboratory in late March through mid-April, though none of the incidents resulted in worker skin contamination or otherwise compromised their health, according to two reports from the Defense Nuclear…
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