NM Senators urge Obama for more federal funding for WIPP

Updated: 06/05/2014 8:22 AM | Created: 06/05/2014 8:21 AM
By: Associated Press

CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) - New Mexico's two U.S. senators want President Barack Obama to change his proposed budget to ensure that there's money for work needed at the federal government's underground nuclear waste repository in Carlsbad.           

The repository has been closed since February because of a radiation release.           

Sens. Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced Wednesday that they're urging Obama to present Congress with an amendment to his proposed budget.           

The two New Mexico Democrats said Obama needs to ensure that there'll be funding to implement recommendations of investigative panels.           

Some containers waste intended for the Carlsbad site is being temporarily stored in West Texas. 

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