A group is touring the state to rally opposition to a radioactive waste dump in southern New Mexico.
A nuclear power company, Holtec International and the Eddy-Lea Energy Alliance are looking to build a site between Hobbs and Carlsbad to store the nation’s nuclear waste.
Community members from cities along the rail route where the waste will be shipped are urging people to speak out against it.
“Our state has been marked as a national sacrifice zone. Our water, our air and our land have already been contaminated by the remnants of the Manhattan Project and we believe this plan is dangerous,” Eileen Shaughnessy said.
The tour will stop in cities including Roswell and Santa Fe.
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission will accept public comment until the end of May.