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The Line: Proposal Accepted for New Nuclear Waste Repository

Line Holtec

July 12, 2019 – The Carlsbad City Council has unanimously approved a resolution supporting a nuclear waste facility near the Eddy-Lea county border. The governor, the New Mexico land commissioner and the state’s congressional delegation are opposed, particularly when considering the use of fracking in the same region. Supporters say the repository, proposed by Holtec International, will generate jobs and revenue – and nuclear waste has to be stored somewhere.  But both the Holtec site and WIPP (Waste Isolation Pilot Plant) are close to the Permian Basin and fracking operations. With evidence that fracking causes earthquakes, is this a recipe for disaster?  Gene Grant and the Line opinion panelists look at the balancing act between economic opportunity and environmental impact.

Line Panelists:
Merritt Allen, Vox Optima LLC
Stephanie Maez, ProgressNow New Mexico
Kristelle Siarza, Siarza Social Digital
Harry Van Buren, UNM Anderson School of Management

For Further Reading:

New Mexico State Land Office: Holtec mislead federal government on nuclear waste site near CarlsbadCarlsbad Current-Argus

New Mexico land boss concerned with nuclear waste proposal Associated Press

Serious Safety Concerns for Proposed Nuclear Storage Facility in New MexicoOffice of the New Mexico Land Commissioner

A fracked ‘Nuclear Alley’ scarier than aliensAlbuquerque Journal

The Line: Climate Change And The Economic Impact On New Mexico

1222 Line Climate Change Report

November 30, 2018 – The Fourth National Climate Assessment was released recently, and a major focus of the report is on the economic costs of climate change. The study also found that Native communities and poor and underserved populations are more at risk from the effects of a changing climate. How can a state so reliant on revenue from fossil fuels do its best to reduce the emission of greenhouse gasses? Gene Grant and the Line opinion panelists discuss the report and explore possible courses of action.

 

Line Panelists:
Dan Foley, former NM House minority whip
Eric Griego, former NM state senator
Sophie Martin, attorney
Diane Snyder, former NM state senator

For Further Reading:

Federal climate report shows how climate change will impact U.S. economy, infrastructure and more – NM Political Report

Climate Change: Southwest becoming dangerously dry – Daily Lobo