Safe, Secure, Temporary, Retrievable


Holtec International and its partner, the Eddy-Lea Energy Alliance (ELEA), have launched the licensing of an autonomous consolidated interim storage facility (CISF) in Southeastern New Mexico on land owned by ELEA. The facility, named HI-STORE CISF, will provide a significant step on the path to the Federal Government’s long standing obligation for disposition of used nuclear fuel by providing a safe, secure, temporary, retrievable, and centralized facility for storage of used nuclear fuel and high-level radioactive waste until such time that a permanent solution is available.

Why New Mexico?

Southeastern New Mexico is the ideal location for Holtec’s HI-STORE Consolidated Interim Storage Facility (CISF). The HI-STORE CISF will be located on a small and isolated portion of a thousand acres of undeveloped ELEA land that is geologically stable, with a dry and arid climate that is ideal for the underground dry fuel storage system. The project will create jobs for local workers, boosting local incomes that will lead to an improvement in the local infrastructure. Furthermore, the New Mexico populace is highly-educated in the nuclear industry, with a proven and safe history of shaping America’s nuclear energy development. 


Used nuclear fuel will arrive at the HI-STORE CISF by rail in robust and safe transport casks using specialty-designed railcars. Three transportation casks designed by Holtec International and licensed by the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commissioning (NRC), HI-STAR 190, HI-STAR 100 and HI-STAR 100MB (HI-STAR is an acronym for Holtec International Storage Transportation and Repository) could be used to move used nuclear fuel from the reactor sites to the HI-STORE CISF. The HI-STORE CISF will provide the ability to readily extract the used fuel canisters and ship them to a permanent repository as soon as it is available. 

Safety and Security Features

Minimizes radiation dose to the environment

Canisters can be removed safely and easily

Immune to hurricanes, floods, tornados and earthquakes

No adverse effect on wildlife nor on groundwater

Visually inconspicuous design for utmost security

No radiological consequences in the event of fire

Engineered to maximize safety for workers

Designed to withstand impact from a crashing aircraft

Our Pledge to the Communities That We Serve

Holtec’s commitment to the communities that it serves is to hold personnel safety and stewardship of the environment as the principle tenants in the design, manufacturing and deployment of all equipment that it supplies and especially with the storage and transportation of used nuclear fuel.