Waste from the plant poses an environmental risk, with inadequate
financial assurances that it will be properly managed.
The filing is a key step. Area residents must formally intervene in the
quasi-judicial license proceedings in order to officially raise their
objections to the proposed plant.
In addition, some 50 area supporters filed requests to make "limited
appearances" in the case, which would allow them to testify in support of
The eleven project opponents from the Hobbs and Eunice areas are
supported in their filing by the Nuclear Information and Resource Service
and Public Citizen, two Washington, D.C., organizations that oppose the
Their attorney is Lindsay Lovejoy, a Santa Fe attorney who formerly
worked on nuclear waste issues for the New Mexico Attorney General's Office.
The residents' petition is one of three to the NRC asking for legal
The New Mexico Attorney General's Office also filed, raising questions
about how waste from the proposed plant will be disposed.
The third party to formally apply for status as an "intervener" in the
case is the New Mexico Environment Department.
Project spokesman Marshall Cohen said the company welcomed the state's
As for the filing by the anti-nuclear critics, Cohen said the company
believes their assertions about problems with the project are wrong, and the
company will be able to adequately respond.