Proposal could allow transportation of high-level radioactive waste through Lubbock

Published: Dec. 2, 2014 at 9:47 PM CST|Updated: Dec. 2, 2014 at 9:50 PM CST
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ANDREWS, TX (KCBD) - A proposal in Andrews County could result in high-level radioactive waste being transported through Lubbock.

The hazardous waste will be stored in the Waste Control Specialist Facility, around 25 miles west of Andrews.

Currently it stores only low-levels of radioactive waste but last night nearly 400 people showed up to a community meeting in Andrews to weigh the pros and cons of this proposal.

Though this facility is close to two hours away, that high-level radioactive waste, transported by a train, could travel right through the heart of Lubbock.

In this new deal, struck with the federal government, WCS will store high-level radioactive waste in the form of spent fuel cells.

WCS calls itself the nation's leader in treatment, storage and disposal of radioactive waste.

The 1338-acre facility is located on the Texas-New Mexico state line.

The materials will be transported by train from different locations around the state, and the country - in some cases coming right through Lubbock.

WCS says there are plenty of benefits:

They estimate that 50-100 jobs will be created

The federal government payout may be $10 million per year, depending on the amount of waste.

The arrangement will be temporary, but that could mean 60 years as the government figures out how to dispose of the waste.

WCS says the community meeting is not required by law, it's simply to make sure the community supports the plan before the new facility is built.

No official vote is required by law to store the waste but if approved, the change could take three to five years to put in place.

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