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10/27/09

One of the largest environmental cleanups is now in Andrews

ANDREWS, TX (KCBD) - It is being called one of the largest environmental cleanups in the country. Nearly 250 thousand cubic yards of sediment from New York's Hudson River is now in Andrews County, Texas. The goal is to clean the river of pollutants. It's just one of several projects taking place at the Waste Control Specialists facility.

NewsChannel 11 toured the disposal operations at the plant Tuesday where construction is set to start on a new low level radioactive waste project. Facility President Rod Baltzer says this will allow critical research on cancer to continue.

"Our coming project is low level radiation waste disposal class a,b,c right now there is no home for class b & c waste. We will be solution provider for that commercially for Texas & Vermont and possibly other states that don't have a solution," said Baltzer.

The plant also disposes uranium waste used by the U.S. To produce the first nuclear bombs used in World War II. WCS says it monitors air and water quality monthly. The facility expects even more activity in the future. 

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