John Heaton, a former New Mexico state representative, made a presentation entitled SE NM’s Nuclear Corridor: Now and Future on June 12th, 2012 to the NRC’s Fuel Cycle Information Exchange (FCIX). During the presentation he discussed sites in the “corridor” (WIPP, URENCO and WCS) as well as sites and changes he hoped would come to the corridor in the future. These included the International Isotopes site that would dovetail with the URENCO site (and which he admitted was “embroiled in political chaos”), the Eddy-Lea Energy Alliance Interim Storage Site (for spent fuel and other possible future uses) and the addition of disposing defense high-level waste at WIPP.
According to Mr. Heaton, who was the energy development coordinator for Carlsbad, New Mexico, there were plans to submit an application to NRC by March of 2013 for the interim storage site after passing enabling legislation at the end of 2012. This would allow approval by the NRC in 2016.
The Alliance wais also hoping to expand WIPP’s mission by disposing Defense High Level Waste there. This waste (spent fuel from nuclear power plants) is currently prohibited at WIPP.
Other FCIX presentations are also available on the NRC’s Fuel Cycle Information Exchange page.