By James Clark | email
LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) – A West Texas company responded Monday to comments made last week by protestors who gathered in Austin and were unhappy that radioactive waste would be disposed within a two hour drive of Lubbock.
You might recall, we showed pictures of protesters with Santa, who was toting a black barrel marked like a toxic waste container. The target of their protest is a company called Waste Control Specialists in Andrews County.
Company CEO Bill Lindquist says in a written statement, "With low-level radioactive waste stored at 1,600 Texas locations alone, the need for a state and national disposal solution is undisputed."
Lindquist also says "After years of public scrutiny, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality identified Waste Control Specialists in West Texas as a safe, secure site."
Below is the text of his entire statement.
December 27, 2010
Letter to the Editor
Re.: KCBD-TV, "Protestors not happy about radioactive waste near Lubbock", Dec. 24, 2010
With low-level radioactive waste stored at 1,600 Texas locations alone, the need for a state and national disposal solution is undisputed.
After years of public scrutiny, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality identified Waste Control Specialists in west Texas as a safe, secure site by approving a disposal license in 2009. To protect Texans, we, as a modern society, must remove this material from our populated areas.
A key to this initiative is the Texas Low Level Radioactive Waste Disposal Compact Commission, which has proposed a structure to manage the limited import of waste to offset the site's operational costs and to make it affordable for Texas generators. These generators include hospitals, universities, nuclear plants and even high schools.
This process has not been rushed. The rules setting up this structure have been under public review and comment for at least 90 days, after they were first published in February 2010 and then republished in November.
It is past time Texas moves forward with this critical public safety and environmental project.
CEO, Waste Control Specialists
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