Waste Cotrol Specialists (WCS) recently secured permission from Texas regulators to accept low-level radioactive waste from an additional 36 states. This is despite an agreement adopted in 1993 that Texas would accept low-level waste from Maine and Vermont.
Texas entered the agreement in the belief that federal law required us to take waste from every state if we did not enter into a compact. Apparently, we missed the part that said the compact was null and void if supporters of Gov. Rick Perry really, really wanted to make boatloads of money off turning West Texas into the nation’s nuclear dumping ground.
WCS makes no bones about the fact that the expansion is motivated by money:
“It’s a state-of-the-art Cadillac of a landfill,” Waste Control CEO Bill Lindquist says. “It’s very expensive, and the waste generated in Texas and Vermont is not enough to offset those costs.”
WFAA-TV in Dallasran a piece on Tuesday on the imminent opening of the expanded dump. Here’s a link: http://www.wfaa.com/news/texas-news/West-Texas-facility-ready-for-nuclear-waste-115543929.html.
To read more about WCS and other nuclear issues, go to: http://nukefreetexas.org/