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Protestors not happy about radioactive waste near Lubbock

By James Clark | email  

AUSTIN, TX (KCBD) – Environmental protesters are not happy that radio-active waste from 36 states could end up within a two-hour drive of Lubbock.

If new rules are approved by the The Texas Low-Level Radioactive Waste Disposal Compact Commission then radioactive material would go to Waste Control Specialists in Andrews County.  Critics say the facility is above an important underground water source for Lubbock and all of West Texas: the Ogallala Aquifer.

The company disagrees saying it's not above the Ogallala.

On Thursday environmentalists staged a protest in Austin.  It featured Santa Clause toting a black waste barrel.

In the recent past, Waste Control Specialists rejected critic's claims.  Company officials say this is low level radioactive material from medical waste.

(CLICK HERE) to share your opinion with officials during a public comment period which ends December 26th

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