A copy of the letter Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham sent to President Donald Trump opposing an underground nuclear waste dump being built in New Mexico.

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Martin Kral

Ten Reasons I support HI-STORE CISF in Lea County, NM

1) I have 100% confidence in the safe storage of spent nuclear fuel (SNF) – anywhere.

2) Spent nuclear fuel is not nuclear waste, but reusable fuel for newer advanced molten salt reactors.

3) The proposed Holtec HI-STORM UMAX system is already safely used in over-regulated California.

4) New Mexico already knows how to transport and store radioactive transuranic waste – WIPP.

5) Lea and Eddy County communities are generally in support of radioactive storage facilities.

6) BNSF completely rebuilt the rail line between Clovis and Carlsbad, including street/road crossings.

7) Holtec “super safe” rail carrier has 12 axles with a cask cage on an extra-strong frame.

8) New Mexico already knows how to manage, process, transport, and store uranium fuel – URENCO.

9) HI-STORE CISF site has enough acreage for a future heat transfer or liquid fuel conversion facility.

10) SNF is a steady multi-billion dollar industry for the State of New Mexico, subsidies not required.

Martin Kral

Roswell, NM

Francisco Carbajal

Outstanding! New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham finally made a strong statement on behalf of all New Mexicans relating to oppose this proposed interim storage of spent nuclear fuel and high level nuclear waste within the state of New Mexico and in Texas near our Border. The problem with the Holtec Inc., the Lea and County Commissions, John Heaton and it's cronies, including the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is the poison of political gain and financial greed that manifests itself within their own pockets in the end of the day. On the same note, the Lea and Eddy County Commissions do not speak for all of New Mexicans either! The bottom line is "We, the collective body of the good order" should not allow our Great State of New Mexico to be the dumping grounds for the rest of the Nation radioactive and nuclear garbage, period!" If the State of Nevada and others are resisting this type of dangerous hazardous material from entering their homelands, then, why should our beloved state even allow it to settle down into our homelands? Lastly, the State of New Mexico Legislature should get off their duffs and pass Senator Jeff Steinborns' previous legislation relating to holding the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, the Lea and Eddy County Commissions, and the Holtec Inc., accountable and without any compensation of taxpayers monies going into their piggy banks.

Martin Kral

Francisco Carbajal, The tax payers are already paying billions of dollar per year to safely store the fuel at each nuclear power plant site because they failed to build Yucca Mountain. So money is not an issue. Technically, radiation is not an issue either. The fuel has already cooled and stabilized to a safe level to transport. The only issue is psychological. The only way to counter fear is through education.

Francisco Carbajal

Martin Kral, it is interesting to note that I totally understand the New Mexico Nuclear Industry saga and it's arguments on why our state should "cave-in" (no punned intended) to the Holtec Inc. greed of evil intentions against keeping our communities safe from a nuclear catastrophe event (e.g., CBRNE/WMD incident, etc.) and adversable harm. Secondly, your of choices for words to state that "technically, radiation is not an issue either" perspective in trying to defend for supporting the Holtec, Inc. proposal in Lea and Eddy County is laughable. Again, for you to say that "the issue is psychological. The only way to counter fear is through education" does not have any merit or validation. The recent NRC "public hearings" which were held in New Mexico relating to the Holtec Inc. proposal speaks of a different story. Who's telling the truth in this debatable subject matter expertise? What is it that you know (from a U.S Homeland Security perspective in emergency management, response, and core-capabilities, etc.) that the public does not know about the Nuclear Industry and the Private Corporations in the United States, specifically, in New Mexico? All of this type of education that you speak of is available through the various "state public records act (IPRA) and/or the federal freedom of information act (FOIA). Seriously?

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