Pueblos oppose plan to transport, store spent nuclear fuel

There are tens of millions of highly radioactive, spent nuclear fuel rods used in power plants await permanent disposal. The Trump administration has proposed using private-sector storage facilities in New Mexico and Texas. (Holtec International photo)

The Associated Press

Federal government has yet to develop any long-term solutions for handling spent nuclear fuel rods

Susan Montoya Bryan

Associated Press

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Native American leaders from New Mexico are opposing plans that call for storing in the desert Southwest tons of spent nuclear fuel from power plants around the U.S.

The All Pueblo Council of Governors in a resolution adopted late last week affirmed its commitment to protecting tribal natural and cultural resources.

The council — representing 20 sovereign pueblo nations — is worried about risks associated with transporting the waste to New Mexico and West Texas from sites around the country.

New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham and others also are opposed to the plans because the federal government has yet to develop any long-term solutions for handling the fuel.

The pueblos also pointed to a lack of consultation regarding transport routes and emergency response training in case of an accident.

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Seneca grandmother
Seneca grandmother

Once again the government treats the tribes as though they are invisible. Let them dump their waste on empty city lots and watch the outcry


Yes, transporting waste to Pueblo country is history and enough damage from uranium, etc. has been done there. It is time to find others who will do it. Like Sheriffs and the Private Army so patriotic at Standing Rock not long ago. Why should the governments continue to endanger our lives?