We are pleased to report that the State of New Mexico has approved the land sale option allowing Holtec International to purchase 1,000 acres of land from the Eddy Lea Energy Alliance (ELEA). The land acquisition option paves the way for Holtec to build a Consolidated Interim Storage Facility (CISF) in Southeast New Mexico, which has been named HI-STORE. The New Mexico State Board of Finance (SBoF), led by Governor Susana Martinez, overwhelmingly supported the CISF project by approving the land purchase option. The SBoF is charged with the responsibility of approving property sales by any political subdivision in the state of New Mexico, as well as approving any financial or business investments by the State. The members of the SBoF are keenly aware of the role that HI-STORE might play to solve the Nation’s used fuel storage problem and diversify the economy in Southeast New Mexico. The land deal is a major milestone for the Holtec International-ELEA Team and a huge step in assuring Holtec that the Company’s agreement with ELEA to purchase the property is secure.
We are pleased to announce the completion of the design and safety analysis effort to enable the NUHOMS 24PT1-DSC canister to be up-righted and stored in the HI-STORM UMAX subterranean storage system in the vertical orientation. Analyses using NRC-approved simulation methods show that various safety margins either remain the same or are increased when the canister is translocated in HI-STORM UMAX. This effort was undertaken to unify the storage of all canister types in Holtec’s ultra-safe consolidated interim storage facility, known as HI-STORE, at the proposed ELEA site in New Mexico. Its successful execution opens the path to store all of the nation’s used fuel and other high level waste in a single inaccessible-to-terror configuration. Of course, this work can also be used to move a stored canister from NUHOMS to HI-STORM UMAX at an existing ISFSI for improved aging management, reduced accreted dose or security enhancement purposes. The principal ancillary needed to make the transfer from the horizontal to vertical storage is the “Canister Handling Apparatus” (perspective views shown below) designed to effectuate safe canister handling evolutions with ALARA.
Dr. Kris Singh, the inventor of Holtec’s HI-STORM UMAX (U.S. Patent 8,625,732B2), was recognized at the 36th Edison Patent Awards Ceremony and Reception held on November 12, 2015 at the Liberty Science Center in Jersey City, NJ. The Research & Development Council of New Jersey established the Edison Patent Award to recognize and honor New Jersey’s immensely talented scientists and inventors. The HI-STORM UMAX patent was selected in the Public Health & Safety category.
The arrival of spring in Missouri coincides with the completion of major civil work on the HI-STORM UMAX ISFSI at Ameren’s Callaway Nuclear Power Plant. The transformation from the support pad with the 48 Cavity Enclosure Containers (CECs) at the bottom of a 25 foot deep excavation in November of 2014, to the current state of completion with the ISFSI Pad, curbing and apron completed and 6 HI-STORM UMAX lids ready for installation is truly a credit to Ameren/Holtec teamwork. The heavy haul path from the Fuel Building to the ISFSI pad is also complete.