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.