A Dallas Morning News editorial published Wednesday summarized the problems with Waste Control Specialists’ West Texas nuclear waste dump:
The nuclear waste disposal site operated by Waste Control Specialists in West Texas is steadily morphing away from its original mission as a depository for very limited quantities of low-level radioactive items from Texas and Vermont. Today, the site is taking on much greater quantities and higher levels of radioactive waste from multiple states, and its owner wants permission to dramatically expand operations.
If this mission creep continues, Texans could find themselves the unwitting hosts of the nation’s first permanent for-profit high-level nuclear waste facility.
And there’s more to come:
What once was a two-state pact to house low-level waste now involves dozens of states. Waste Control is in talks to start receiving higher-level waste, including depleted uranium, at the same time it wants to triple the site’s size.
The Dallas Morning News stops short of opposing the changes to the WCS site, and instead calls for full discussion:
If Waste Control’s intention is to build such a site, it owes Texans a straightforward, transparent declaration of these plans so a full public debate can occur.
Here’s a link to the editorial: http://www.dallasnews.com/opinion/editorials/20140618-editorial-time-for-discussion-on-radioactive-waste.ece