NM delegation to push for expanding WIPP mission

December 6, 2013 • State News

CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) — A delegation of Eddy County government officials is headed to Washington, D.C., to build support for a proposal that would expand the mission of the federal government’s nuclear waste repository in [auth] southern New Mexico.

Carlsbad Mayor Dale Janway, Eddy County Commission Chairman Jack Volpato and Eddy-Lea Alliance Vice Chairman John Heaton will leave for Washington on Sunday.

The Carlsbad Current-Argus reports ( ) the delegation plans to meet with lawmakers and representatives with the U.S. Department of Energy to discuss the proposal.

Earlier this year, U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce introduced an amendment that would allow for non-defense-related materials to be buried at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant near Carlsbad.

The county officials say the amendment proposed by Pearce, a New Mexico Republican, would help ensure a useful future for WIPP.

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