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Feds Sue To Block Acquisition Of Dallas Radioactive Waste Company

Nov 19, 2016
David Bowser for The Texas Tribune

The U.S. Justice Department is suing to block a Salt Lake City-based company's acquisition of Waste Control Specialists, the Dallas-based company that wants to expand the nuclear waste dump it operates in West Texas.

West Texas Site Wants Nation's Spent Nuclear Fuel

Feb 11, 2015
David Bowser / The Texas Tribune

Texas’ only radioactive waste dump wants to open its gates to tens of thousands of metric tons of spent nuclear reactor fuel now scattered across the country.

Residue has been found at the base outside El Paso after an unidentified retired airman reported that nuclear material was buried there in the 1950s. “This was all news to us,” said Major Joseph Buccino, a spokesman for Fort Bliss. “We did not know what this storage site was used for.”

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Texas officials have given final approval to allowing low-level radioactive waste from 38 states to be brought to a Texas burial dump near the New Mexico border.

State lawmakers had already approved bringing the waste to the Texas site. The Texas Low-Level Radioactive Compact Commission voted unanimously Friday to approve final rule changes.

Environmentalists say trucking the waste on state highways is dangerous and fear the burial site could lead to underground water contamination.