Eddy County

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Next month’s local elections are the first since the state required counties provide a minimum number of secured ballot drop boxes to ensure voters have sufficient access. But according to the Secretary of State’s Office, nearly half won’t have enough and the majority of those don't have permission.

Laura Paskus

Everyone’s heard how oil and gas production dropped in New Mexico last year. Low prices hit industry – and the state’s budget – hard.

During that same time, the state saw a bump in the number of oil and gas spills. That’s according to a new report from the Center for Western Priorities, which crunches data from the state's Oil Conservation Division

New Mexico Eyes Nuke Project After Ruling

Sep 8, 2014
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Two southeastern New Mexico counties could get a new nuclear-related project thanks to a ruling by the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

The Hobbs News-Sun reports the NRC last month approved a plan for the continued storage of used nuclear fuel onsite at nuclear power plants.

This action could open the door in Lea and Eddy counties for a long-term interim storage facility for spent nuclear fuel.

DOE Secretary Talks WIPP In Carlsbad

Aug 12, 2014
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Department of Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz hosted a town hall meeting in Carlsbad last night to talk about recovery efforts at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant. It's the nation's only underground nuclear waste storage facility, just 26 miles east of the town. WIPP has remained closed since the radiation leak in mid-February, and the cause of the leak remains unclear.

Secretary Moniz promised the crowd that WIPP will re-open, and members of New Mexico’s congressional delegation talked about their efforts to get WIPP the funds it needs to operate safely.