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Posted: Thursday, June 26, 2014 9:00 pm | Updated: 7:35 am, Fri Jun 27, 2014.

ALBUQUERQUE — State environment officials on Thursday defended a decision to allow the U.S. Department of Energy to store highly radioactive waste in new containers without a public hearing.

State officials told a panel of the New Mexico Court of Appeals during a hearing in Albuquerque that the new “shielded” containers are a safer, more efficient way to handle the waste.

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