WCS and State Reach Agreement on Waste Storage

Staff Report
The Associated Press

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - State officials and a West Texas waste processing, storage and disposal facility have reached an agreement that allows hot low-level radioactive material to be stored at the company's site for up to three years.

The agreement Friday resolves a dispute over how long the material could be stored. State officials initially wanted a 1-year limit.

According to a compliance agreement with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, Dallas-based Waste Control Specialists also will revise its inspection plan and properly handle surface water in a drainage ditch at its storage site in Andrews County near the Texas-New Mexico border.

The disposal site handles some of the nation's low-level radioactive waste. The company says its remoteness and security make it a safe.

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