Category Archives: Waste Control Specialists

Coming soon to a railroad near you: The Plutonium Express

  There are these two holes in the ground, one in West Texas and one in eastern New Mexico, and the owners are fighting over who can bury the worst radioactive nightmares imaginable. The problem is that every imaginable route to the … Continue reading

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WCS attempting to bring high-level radioactive waste to its West Texas dump

It’s official now. Waste Control Specialists wants to expand its low-level radioactive waste dump in Andrews County to include the much more dangerous spent fuel rods from nuclear power plants. Spent fuel rods are classified as high-level waste, and are specifically … Continue reading

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Breaking News: Barge-mounted nuclear power plant to be dismantled in Galveston, shipped to WCS

The Montgomery County Courier reported Saturday: A World War II-era Liberty ship converted to a barge-mounted nuclear reactor will be towed from Virginia to Galveston to be scrapped. The refitted Liberty Ship was used for power generation in the sixties: … Continue reading

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New theory about WIPP barrel leak: Trace metals + acidic waste + organic kitty litter = Exothermic reaction. And what does this bad chemistry mean for the treatment of low-level waste in Texas?

The Santa Fe New Mexican reported yesterday: A glove used to process nuclear waste at Los Alamos National Laboratory and metallic residue from that process have grabbed the attention of investigators probing the cause of a radiation leak at the … Continue reading

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Dump Watch: Five potentially defective containers from WIPP site are being stored at West Texas waste dump

(Pictured: The ruptured container that remains at the WIPP site.) The Department of Energy thinks it now knows what caused the radiation leak earlier this year at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant. According to the Albuquerque Journal: The Department of … Continue reading

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Dump Watch: Latest news on Waste Control Specialists’ West Texas nuclear waste dump

There’s a lot going on at our least favorite West Texas hole in the ground. The Dallas Morning News ran an editorial last week that raised multiple alarms about the Waste Control Specialists’ low-level radioactive waste facility. The opening paragraph … Continue reading

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Dallas Morning News editorial warns of expansion plans for West Texas nuclear waste dump

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 … Continue reading

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