Nuclear waste storage project in New Mexico draws criticism


ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A plan to temporarily store spent fuel from U.S. commercial nuclear reactors at a site in southeastern New Mexico is drawing opposition from critics who say the risks are too great.

Dozens of people spoke out against the proposal to build the below-ground storage space in Lea County, about 250 miles (402 kilometers) southeast of Albuquerque, during a meeting with federal regulators on Tuesday.

Opponents of the project have expressed concern about the safety of transporting the fuel across the country as well as the project's effects on the environment.

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