Record Number of LES Supporters File With NRC
HOBBS, N.M., April 7 /PRNewswire/ -- A record number of supporters have signed
up to participate in the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) license proceeding
on behalf of Louisiana Energy Services (LES) proposed National Enrichment
Facility (NEF) in Lea County, New Mexico.
Lea County Commission Chairman Harry Teague said that "Some 54 people, including
educators, scientists, businessmen, community organizations, minority groups,
elected officials and others have taken the time and made the effort to request
limited appearance participation in this vital proceeding to show their support
for the NEF. "We know," Teague said, "that national anti-nuclear groups are
trying to kill this project by intervening in the process, despite the fact that
these organizations have never been to Lea County nor talked with the people
here about the facility. Our community is strongly in favor of the enrichment
plant, many of us have seen exactly how it will be built and operated, and we
want it here. We will do all we can, in the NRC process, to make sure our
community's strong support for the facility is heard."
A limited appearance is one way to participate in the NRC license process. A
petition for limited appearance means one can:
* Make an oral or written statement of position on the issues but may
not otherwise participate in the proceedings.
* A limited appearance may be made at any session of the hearing or at
any pre-hearing conference subject to such limits and conditions as
may be imposed by the NRC Hearing Board.
Commissioner Teague said that "the strong showing for limited appearances is a
continuation of powerful public support that has been demonstrated to the NRC at
their two public meetings in Eunice, New Mexico in the last 6 months."
"We are overwhelmed and appreciate the support we have received in Lea County,"
said Marshall Cohen, LES Vice President of Communications and Government. "Our
partnership with Lea County citizens and their participation in the NRC process
will be instrumental in the success of our facility."
The NEF will provide more than 200 permanent jobs and 400 to 800 short-term
construction jobs in Southeast New Mexico.
When the license application is approved, the NEF will introduce the world's
most advanced uranium enrichment technology into the U.S. and provide an
alternative, domestic enrichment supply source to U.S. nuclear energy
LES is a partnership of major nuclear energy companies. Partners include
Urenco, Westinghouse and U.S. energy companies Duke Power, Entergy and Exelon.
DATASOURCE: Louisiana Energy Services
CONTACT: Marshall Cohen, +1-505-417-2395, or April Wade,
+1-505-440-9441, both of Louisiana Energy Services