US regulators reject calls for hearing in nuke storage case

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U.S. regulators have denied requests by watchdog and environmental groups that sought an evidentiary hearing challenging plans by a New Jersey-based company to build a storage facility for spent fuel from commercial nuclear reactors.

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s Atomic Safety and Licensing Board announced its decision Tuesday after hearing arguments in Albuquerque earlier this year.

The multimillion-dollar project proposed by Holtec International would allow for spent fuel rods to be transferred from sites around the nation to a temporary home in southeastern New Mexico.

Opponents have raised concerns about the project’s legality, the safety of transporting high-level waste and the potential for contamination if something were to go wrong.

Lawyers for the group Beyond Nuclear say they will continue to pursue a federal court appeal aimed at stopping the project.

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