June 19, 2015
Culberson County Supports Nuclear Waste Plan, Judge Says
Though he said he is not prepared either to "rubber stamp" the proposal or to "veto it immediately," Culberson County Judge Carlos Urias said Monday (June 15) that he believes a majority of elected officials and county residents support a plan to make the county the destination for the nation’s spent nuclear fuel.
Urias said that he thinks a majority of commissioners would vote to support the radioactive-waste proposal now – but that Culberson County officials remain in an "information-gathering" mode. He said he would likely bring the matter before commissioners in August.
"Being rural, we don’t have too many opportunities for new businesses," Urias said. "There are benefits in terms of jobs and tax revenues. When you mention ‘nuclear,’ there are concerns – I understand that.
April 30, 2015
Company answers U.S. call for solutions, setting off N.M. political spat
The Obama administration’s call for solutions to the country’s nuclear waste problems got a response yesterday from a company proposing the construction of an underground storage facility in southeastern New Mexico to store casks of used fuel.
Holtec International Inc. announced its proposal at an Albuquerque news conference alongside officials from two counties — Eddy and Lea — which have a combined population of about 110,000 people in New Mexico’s "nuclear corridor."
Holtec President and CEO Kris Singh said the project’s underground cavities could store waste in canisters for a century. The $5 billion venture, he said, will use technology that has been tested around the world.
February 25th 2015
Radioactive Fukushima Water Leak Was Unreported for Months: Official
TOKYO — The operator of Japan’s tsunami-stricken Fukushima nuclear power plant admitted it failed to report a radioactive rainwater leak from the facility for about 10 months.
The company noticed a spike in radiation levels in the plant’s drainage system, particularly after rainfall, in April, according to a Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) official who spoke at a televised press conference on Tuesday.
Wednesday, February 11, 2015
Texas company announces plans for first high-level nuclear storage site
Last week, Waste Control Specialists filed a letter of intent with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to submit a license application for the country’s first interim storage site for high-level nuclear waste by April 2016. During today’s OnPoint, Rod Baltzer, president of Waste Control Specialists, discusses his company’s plans and the potential hurdles facing the approval and construction of the facility. Baltzer also talks about his expectations for this proposal to become a part of congressional action on nuclear waste.
Dec 01, 2014
Andrews County Considering Proposal to Store ‘High-Level Nuclear Waste’
ANDREWS – Legislators, nuclear waste specialists and more than 400 Andrews County residents gathered Monday night to discuss the possibility of storing high-level nuclear waste at a facility approximately 25 miles west of Downtown Andrews.
Waste Control Specialists (WCS) operates the radioactive waste site and is responsible for the low-level nuclear material already being treated, stored and disposed of in Andrews County.
"Fees for low-level waste have produced about $3 million for Andrews County over the last year," said Rod Baltzer, President of WCS.
MENTONE — Loving County is big, dry and stretches for miles, and is the perfect place, local officials say, to store high-level radioactive waste. Officials here hope to entice the federal government — with $28 billion to spend on the disposal of high-level radioactive waste — into considering the possibility. "With the money that this would generate for the county, we might even be able to pay the taxpayers back," said the county judge, Skeet Jones. "We could build some roads. We could bring in some more water. We could have a town that’s incorporated, have a city council, maybe even start a school." Loving County had a school, but it has been boarded up for years, and students are bused to neighboring Winkler County. "Maybe even have a Wal-Mart," Jones mused.
Loving County to feds: Send us your nuclear waste — and $28 billion
18 June 2014
MENTONE — Loving County is big, dry and stretches for miles, and is the perfect place, local officials say, to store high-level radioactive waste.
Officials here hope to entice the federal government — with $28 billion to spend on the disposal of high-level radioactive waste — into considering the possibility.
"With the money that this would generate for the county, we might even be able to pay the taxpayers back," said the county judge, Skeet Jones. "We could build some roads. We could bring in some more water. We could have a town that’s incorporated, have a city council, maybe even start a school." Loving County had a school, but it has been boarded up for years, and students are bused to neighboring Winkler County.
"Maybe even have a Wal-Mart," Jones mused.
Stealthily loading West Texas up with radioactive waste
Waste Control Specialists is in talks to start receiving depleted uranium, and it wants to triple its West Texas site’s size.
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.
What Could Go Wrong
Deadly High-Level Radioactive Waste: Health and Safety Concerns About Storage and Disposal
Austin, TX – A nuclear expert, a medical doctor, and an attorney joined public interest advocates to address the health and safety risks of bringing the hottest of nuclear reactor waste, the spent nuclear fuel rods, to Waste Control Specialists’ (WCS) dump in Andrews County, Texas or another Texas site. The legal issues involved were discussed as well.
Governor Perry and Speaker Straus are pushing consideration of importing dangerous radioactive waste for storage and possibly disposal in Texas, and the House Environmental Regulation Committee will hold a hearing on the issue in the near future.
- Radioactivity and Health Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR)
- Managing Spent Fuel and High Level Waste: Interim and Long-Term Considerations IEER
- Dry Cask Storage of Nuclear Spent Fuel by Division of Spent Fuel Storage and Transportation U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission
Examining the fallout from Texas nuclear waste proposal
Texas House Speaker Joe Straus recently raised eyebrows among environmentalists and individuals connected to the nuclear waste industry. Unexpectedly opening the possibility of making Texas home to America’s supply of high-level radioactive waste will do that.
The United States lacks a permanent disposal site for 68,000 metric tons of spent nuclear fuel after the Obama administration decided in 2010 to halt funding for the multimillion-dollar Yucca Mountain geologic repository in Nevada. Straus has instructed legislators to determine whether Texas can be the answer and “make specific recommendations on the state and federal actions necessary to permit a high-level radioactive waste disposal or interim storage facility in Texas.”
Related WIPP Material:
- Accident Investigation Report – Underground Salt Haul Truck Fire at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant, February 5, 2014 U.S. Department of Energy Office of Environmental Management
- Supplement Analysis For A Proposal To Temporarily Store Defense Transuranic Waste Prior To Dlsposal At The Waste Isolation Pilot Plant
U.S. Department of Energy
- WIPP Town Hall Videos
- New Mexico nuclear waste site halts shipments of toxic materials to Texas Reuters 05/10/14
- LANL waste shipments suspended Concerned Citizens for Nuclear Safety (CCNS) 05/09/14
- DOE: Could Be 3 Years to Fully Reopen NM Nuke Dump Associated Press 05/09/14
- Talk begins of high-level radioactive waste in Andrews AO Online 04/13/14
- Inspectors re-enter New Mexico nuclear waste site after leak Reuters 4/3/14
- Gov. Rick Perry backs storage site for Texas nuclear waste ABC13/Associated Press 4/02/14
- Loving County Judge Discusses Nuclear Waste Proposal Hudspeth County Herald 3/22/14
- Waste heads to Texas while WIPP gets in shape World Nuclear News 3/21/14
Greg Palast: Fukushima Texas
|An excerpt from his great book – Vultures’ Picnic, In Pursuit of Petroleum Pigs, Power Pirates, and High-Finance Carnivores|
August 22, 2012