West Texas Dump Now Accepting Nuclear Waste
The federal government is now depositing low-level radioactive materials in Harold Simmons’ remote waste facility in West Texas. That’s because Simmons says he has grand visions of making the dump accessible to a myriad of waste byproducts.
Earlier this week, the facility began accepting radioactive waste from the Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico, which was reportedly transported to the site in 8-inch thick concrete crates and buried deep within the site.
"We wanted to be a one-stop shop with everything in," said Waste Control Specialists President Rod Baltzer. "We're proud to have a large and very robust complex."
The 90-acre dump site is located near Andrews in close proximity to the Mexican border, and is home not only to low-level radioactive waste, but also contains PCB’s from New York’s Hudson River as well as Cold War-era radioactive waste from nuclear weapons used from the 1950’s until the end the 1980’s.
Not surprisingly, environmental groups worry that the site could eventually contaminate water sources, even though the company promises the facility to be safe.
The site received approval from Texas lawmakers in 2001 to accept the low-level radioactive waste of 36 states. Representative for the site say that the West Texas location was selected for its arid weather and lack of rain.