Company Makes First Low-Level Nuke Waste Disposal

Staff Report
The Associated Press

ANDREWS, Texas (AP) - The Dallas-based company operating a low-level radioactive waste dump has disposed of the first material at the West Texas site near the New Mexico state line.

Waste Control Specialists LLC spokesman Chuck McDonald said Friday a small amount of medical waste from Texas was placed inside the disposal pit earlier in the day.

McDonald says the waste is inside a 55-gallon metal drum that was placed in a 10-foot-tall concrete cylinder. The disposal pit is 600 feet deep, with 7-foot-thick steel and concrete flooring and walls.

On Wednesday, state regulators gave approval to begin disposing of waste.

Environmental groups are concerned over geology at the site and the potential to contaminate underground water sources they say are too close.