TCEQ Grants Waste Control Specialists License to Dispose of Radioactive Waste

AUSTIN - The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality has granted Waste Control Specialists a final license to dispose of radioactive waste at its Andrews County facility.

Waste Control Specialists says 150 Permian Basin residents attended the hearing in Austin. They wore green T-shirts and buttons proclaiming their support for WCS.

"WCS and the citizens of Andrews and Lea counties and the Permian Basin have been waiting for this day for many years. The state of Texas will now be able to meet its obligations to the power plants, hospitals, universities, research institutes and other industrial generators in the Texas Compact to permanently dispose of their low-level radioactive waste," said William J. Lindquist, Chief Executive Officer of WCS, in a statement.

"This final license combined with the recently issued byproduct material disposal license and our existing permits and licenses gives WCS the broadest range of capabilities of any commercial enterprise in the United States for the storage, treatment and permanent disposal of hazardous, toxic, low-level and mixed low-level radioactive waste and radioactive byproduct material," he said.

State Sen. Kel Seliger, State Representative Tryon Lewis and Andrews County Judge Richard Dolgener addressed the commissioners and urged them to grant the license. No one spoke in opposition.