Radioactive waste from dozens of states could soon be buried in a Texas dump near the New Mexico border after Texas officials gave final approval Friday (March 23, 2012) to rules allowing the shipments. Texas lawmakers in 2011 approved the rural Andrews County site to take the waste and the Friday’s unanimous vote by the Texas Low-Level Radioactive Compact Commission cleared a major hurdle to allow the waste burial. Texas already had a compact legal with Vermont to take its waste. Environmentalists have argued against expanding the program to 36 more states, warning it could result in radioactive material rumbling through the state on trucks with few safeguards in case of an accident. They also say a problem at the waste dump could lead to potential underground water contamination.
Dallas-based Waste Control Specialists, which owns and operates the site, insists it will be safe.
JIM VERTUNO, Texas officials approve radioactive waste dump, Associated Press, Mar. 23, 2012