West Texas Nuclear Waste Project on Hold

Apr 21, 2017

by Margarita Fournier; Copyright 2016 by Competitive Assets, LLC.  All rights reserved

On 4/19/17, The Texas Tribune reported that “Dallas-based Waste Control Specialists has asked the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission to temporarily suspend a review of its application to store tens of thousands of metric tons of spent nuclear fuel at its West Texas dump.” It seems that the reason for the request is that the “company, which runs the state’s only radioactive waste dump, is bleeding cash and is struggling to find the estimated $7.5 million needed to continue the licensing process. Waste Control Specialists ‘is faced with a magnitude of financial burdens that currently make pursuit of licensing unsupportable,’ Rod Baltzer, the company’s president and CEO, said in a letter to the federal commission dated Tuesday.”

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