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Texas County Wants to Store Spent Nuclear Fuel

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    FILE - In this April 28, 2010 file photo, steam rises from the cooling towers of nuclear reactors at Georgia Power's Plant Vogtle, in Waynesboro, Ga. The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission is expected to vote Thursday, Feb. 9, 2012 on Southern Company's application to begin full construction of the nation's first new nuclear units in 30 years at Plant Vogtle. (AP Photo/Mary Ann Chastain, File)

    Officials in one West Texas county want to store used nuclear fuel from the state's four reactors and possibly from other states in a business venture they believe could bring jobs and billions of dollars to the region.

    Loving County is the nation's least populous county and its top elected official has gotten support from local, state and federal level for a potential site that would store spent nuclear fuel rods in Far West Texas.

    The topic could be part of the 2015 legislative session after House Speaker Joe Straus instructed lawmakers to study the issue.

    If built, the site in Loving County, population 84, would be the second radioactive waste operation in the region.

    Officials in southeastern New Mexico also want to build an interim storage site.