NRC schedules webinars on Holtec’s proposed New Mexico storage site

August 14, 2020, 9:52AMRadwaste Solutions

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has scheduled four webinars in late August and early September to present its draft environmental findings and receive comments on Holtec International’s proposed consolidated spent nuclear fuel storage facility in New Mexico. Webinars were previously held on June 23 and July 9.

As published in the August 13 Federal Register, the public comment webinars will be held on August 20 from 6–9 p.m., August 25 from 2–5 p.m., August 26 from 6–9 p.m., and September 2 from 11 a.m.–2 p.m. All times are Eastern. Information for the webinars is posted on the NRC’s Public Meetings webpage.

Background: Holtec submitted its application for a consolidated interim storage facility for commercial spent nuclear fuel on March 30, 2017. On March 20 this year, the NRC published for a 60-day public comment period a draft environmental impact statement on the proposed facility. That comment period has been extended twice because of the COVID-19 public health emergency, for a total comment period of 180 days.

Comments will be accepted through September 22 this year, including by mail to the Office of Administration, Mail Stop: TWFN-7-A60M, ATTN: Program Management, Announcements and Editing Staff, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Washington, DC 20555-0001; email at; and online at the federal government’s rulemaking website using Docket ID NRC-2018-0052. Information about the NRC’s review of the Holtec application is available on the NRC website, including the draft EIS, reader’s guides in English and Spanish, and a detailed explanation of how to submit comments.

Related Articles

ANS Grand Challenge: Expedite licensing

September 22, 2022, 9:30AMNuclear NewsNicholas R. Brown

As the largest ultra-low-carbon electricity source in the United States, nuclear energy is a vital pillar of the effort to mitigate climate change. Deployment of advanced nuclear reactor and...

Advanced reactor licensing and the path to cost certainty

How Kairos Power is applying rapid iterative development to the licensing process as part of its strategy to deliver on cost

September 20, 2022, 3:13PMNuclear NewsMike Laufer

Developing a first-­of-­a-­kind reactor is a daunting endeavor. To be successful, advanced reactor designers need to achieve cost certainty by delivering a safe and affordable product at...