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PNS Daily Newscast - April 19, 2021 


President Biden aims to put the U.S. in a leadership role on climate change, and the pandemic shines a spotlight on regional food supply chains.


2021Talks - April 19, 2021 


President Biden to announce new 2030 emissions target; George W. Bush urges more respectful conversation on immigration; and the Giffords Center ranks Indiana's gun policies low, despite state "red flag" law.

Public News Service - NM: Nuclear Waste

New Mexico's Trinity atomic bomb test site on the White Sands Missile Range is open to the public twice annually. (nuclearactive.org)

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Victim compensation from the nation's first atomic bomb test conducted in New Mexico nearly 75 years ago will be the subject of a field oversight hearing in Albuquerque today. In 1990, Congress passed the Radiation Exposure Compensation Act to provide money and health bene

This mock radioactive waste canister is meant to represent 100,000 metric tons of spent nuclear fuel rods. Holtec International wants New Mexico to store that amount of nuclear waste until a permanent facility is built. (Don Hancock)

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Residents of New Mexico opposed to a below-ground nuclear waste facility proposed for the state's southeast corner have until the end of today to make their views known to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. The NRC held public meetings in five New Mexico cities, where com

A mock radioactive waste canister represents the 100,000 metric tons of spent nuclear fuel rods a company wants New Mexico to store until a permanent facility is built. (Don Hancock)

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — New Mexico residents will have two chances this week to tell the Nuclear Regulatory Commission what they think of a proposed underground nuclear storage facility in southeast New Mexico. Holtec International is seeking permission for a temporary repository between Carlsba

Increased nuclear weapons production at Los Alamos could bring more jobs, but also more safety and environmental concerns to New Mexico. (energy.gov)

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LAS ALAMOS, N.M. – The National Nuclear Security Administration announced Thursday that New Mexico and South Carolina will share in the development of next generation nuclear weapons with expanded plutonium pit production. The "pit" is the core that triggers a nuclear warhead. The Trump admi

Opponents of a nuclear-waste facility for southern New Mexico are on a state tour this week with a mock radioactive waste canister. (Don Hancock)

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Groups opposed to construction of a storage facility for spent nuclear fuel from the nation's commercial reactors are on a tour this week to make sure people know what's being proposed for southern New Mexico. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission is considering a proposal from Holt

Two units have been shut down at New Mexico's coal-fired San Juan Generating Station as of Dec. 31, 2017.  (sierraclub.org)

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SANTA FE, N.M. — A bill that would allow Public Service Company of New Mexico to issue bonds to pay for the shutdown of its coal-fired plants in the Four Corners region goes to the Conservation Committee at the Roundhouse tomorrow. Critics say Senate Bill 47 allows PNM to pass-on the $350 mi

The Los Alamos National Laboratory says it's working to resolve recent safety gaffes, but a nuclear watchdog group says more changes are needed. (Los Alamos National Laboratory)

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- The Los Alamos National Laboratory says firing workers and putting stricter controls in place are only the first steps it's taking to protect the public as it prepares to accelerate production of a key plutonium component for the nation's nuclear weapons arsenal. The Los Alamo

A push to expand compensation for more New Mexicans affected by radiation exposure from mining and nuclear testing is under way. (Creative Commons)

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SANTA FE, N.M. - A rally held this week in the state Capitol Rotunda has brought new attention to the needs of New Mexico residents who have been exposed to health hazards from uranium mining and nuclear testing in past decades. New Mexico lawmakers are being asked to support amendments to the Radi

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