NM Police To Stop Monitoring Nuclear Shipments

New Mexico State Police says they'll no longer monitor shipments of nuclear waste traveling to a plant in Carlsbad.

Deputy Chief Pete Kassetas says the decision means a dispatcher will no longer monitor the shipments from a computer in Santa Fe.

KOAT -TV reports that the monitoring began about 15 years ago because there were worries about the security and safety of the shipments.

Kassetas said the state police would hear immediately from the federal Department of Energy if there's a problem.

The federal agency has a company that tracks the shipments 24 hours daily.

Information from KOAT-TV.

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