TCEQ Issues License for Radioactive Waste in Andrews County

AUSTIN - The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality has issued a license to Waste Control Specialists to dispose of radioactive waste in Andrews County.

The WCS facility in Andrews County is currently licensed to process, store and dispose of hazardous, toxic and low-level radioactive waste. WCS says the new license will allow the company to permanently dispose of byproduct material, mostly the residue left over from uranium mining, as well as equipment, pipe and other material used in the milling process.

The company still has about nine months of construction before it can begin burying about 3,700 canisters of cold-war era waste.

Several environmental organizations had been protesting Waste Control Specialists' application for the license.

A spokesperson for the Lone Star Chapter of the Sierra Club told NewsWest9 that they are considering an appeal of the license. The group believes the site is too close to an aquifer and the underground water could become contaminated by the waste.

WCS officials maintain the site is completely safe. WCS has been operating in West Texas for 10 years.