NM to hold public hearings on Hanford waste

NM to hold public hearings on Hanford waste

Credit: U.S. Dept. of Energy

A shipment of transuranic waste arrives at the Waste isolation Pilot Plant in New Mexico.

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by Associated Press

KING5.com

Posted on July 9, 2013 at 3:07 PM

Updated Thursday, Jan 9 at 5:53 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- The state of New Mexico has declined the Department of Energy's request for quick approval of a proposal to bring radioactive waste from Washington state's Hanford Nuclear Reservation to the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant near Carlsbad.

Instead, the New Mexico Environment Department says it will hold public hearings before any decisions are made.

Environment Secretary Ryan Flynn in a statement Monday evening said the decision will ensure that "the public's views are carefully considered" before the state acts on the Department of Energy's request to modify the WIPP permit to allow the waste to be brought from Washington state.

The DOE in March asked the department for a quick approval of a change in the WIPP permit so it can bring 3.1 million gallons from leaking waste tanks at Hanford.
 

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