Nuclear Plan Draws Protests
By John Fleck
Albuquerque Journal
April 8, 2004

     Eleven Lea County residents filed protests this week with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission against a proposed nuclear fuel factory.

    Radioactive waste that would be produced by the plant is a key issue for local opponents, said Lee Cheney, founder of the Citizens Nuclear Information Center in Hobbs and one of the 11 area opponents who signed onto the NRC filing.

    "I don't think that it's going to be a solved issue," Cheney said of the waste in a telephone interview.

    The filing provides the first detailed account of the legal strategy the plant's opponents will use to try to stop it.

    Louisiana Energy Services, an international consortium of nuclear companies led by the European firm Urenco, has applied for a Nuclear Regulatory Commission license to build a plant near Eunice in southeastern New Mexico to process uranium for nuclear power plant fuel.

    The residents claim: