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Andrews County Officials, Residents Not Worried About WIPP Waste Storage

By Devin Sanchez
NewsWest 9

ANDREWS COUNTY - Officials in Andrews County said they're not worried, even though five potentially explosive nuclear waste drums are being stored in their county at the Waste Control Specialist Site.

"Those containers started arriving for temporary storage in March," Andrews County Judge, Richard Dolgener, said.

Judge Dolgener said this waste is different than what the plant is used to seeing.

"It's transuranic, which is greater than Class C," he said.

But the judge said he doesn't think the county is harm's way.

"It is dangerous but we are monitoring it and taking precautions," Dolgener said. "We had a WIPP exercise here a couple months ago. We've had a full scale drill on that."

Although the plant sits on the state line, some 40 miles away from Andrews city limits, people who live in the city said they would've like to have been notified the waste was coming.

"Yeah, I think it would've been good if they had notified people," one resident said.

"I think they should've, if they knew about it earlier, should have told people in some other way," another resident said.

But they said they don't think there is too much to be alarmed about.

"It doesn't bother me too much," one resident said. "I'm still going to come to work everyday."

The drums are only in Andrews temporarily, they will be sent back to New Mexico in a couple of weeks.
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