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36 states have nowhere to dump low-level radioactive material | ScrippsNews - 0 views

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    Since last summer, 36 states have had nowhere to dump the radioactively tainted metal, material and products that have come to light within their borders.

    In July, a waste site in Barnwell, S.C. -- which served two-thirds of the country as the burial place for material contaminated with low-level radioactivity -- shut its doors after battling neighborhood opposition for years.

    With no disposal site for most states -- including California, Texas, Florida and New York -- castoff radioactive material is piling up at factories and, in turn, increasingly getting lost, said John Williamson, administrator of Florida's Bureau of Radiation Control.
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MyWestTexas.com: Waste Control Specialists to begin storing waste from Tennessee company - 0 views

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    Waste Control Specialists LLC said Tuesday that it will begin storing low-level radioactive waste from Studsvik Inc., an Erwin, Tenn.-based waste processor.

    Interim storage at WCS' facility in Andrews County of this thermally processed Class B and Class C low-level radioactive waste will greatly reduce the risk and administrative burden of generators when compared to the use of multiple storage facilities across the United States, a news release said.

    "Studsvik provides a valuable national service because its process transforms the low-level radioactive waste into a safer form for storage and ultimate disposal. At the same time, Studsvik's processing reduces the volume of low-level radioactive waste by more than 80 percent, which allows for the efficient use of valuable landfill space," WCS President Rod Baltzer said. "WCS is proud to participate in this innovative program to increase the safety and to reduce the volume of low-level radioactive waste."
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Making Texas Glow: Radioactive Dump Gets Go-Ahead over Ogallala - 0 views

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    How do you get people to vote for radioactive waste to be dumped in Texas in close proximity to the Ogallala and Dockum aquifers? And how do you also get the same community to agree to bankroll the project's $75 million buildout costs? You sell it as a prosperity issue.

    The promise of future prosperity is more hopeful than discussing point-blank realities. Namely, that the source of prosperity is a dumpsite in west Texas, near the border of New Mexico, that has the potential for receiving varying grades of radioactive waste from 36 states. And the geographical area in question has three inherent properties that have scientists, engineers and activists worried: red clay, aquifers and high winds.

    On May 9, voters from Andrews County went to the booth to participate in a bond election, paid for by Waste Control Specialists (WCS), to decide whether or not their county will pay for such a dumpsite. 642 people voted affirmative and 639 against.
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MyWestTexas.com: Andrews County judge verifying signatures on recount petition - 0 views

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    The Andrews County judge is verifying signatures this morning on a petition submitted late Monday requesting a recount after the bond to fund construction of a radioactive waste site passed by a three-vote margin Saturday.

    County Judge Richard Dolgener said 25 signatures are required to formally request a recount and he is in the process of verifying the signatures received Monday are all from registered voters before he accepts the petition.

    The request came at the prompting of Melodye and Peggy Pryor, who started the non-profit No Bonds for Billionaires, and spent the last weeks campaigning against the $75 million bond that would help Waste Control Specialists build a low-level radioactive waste site.

    With 642 votes for the bond and 639 against - or 50.12 percent for and 49.89 percent against - the Pryor sisters said they don't see the win as a clear victory.
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MyWestTexas: Andrews County citizens pass WCS bond by three votes - 0 views

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    A $75 million bond meant to finance the construction of a low-level radioactive waste site was passed in Andrews County by a 3-vote margin Saturday leaving those in opposition preparing for their next step and those in favor planning for construction they say will start this summer.

    As county officials wrote the voting totals on a board outside of the Andrews County Courthouse the about 30 gathered both in favor and opposition screamed at the final results - 642 for and 639 against.

    In early voting, 337 voted for the bond and 381 against it.
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Andrews County to vote on funding nuke site - KSWO, Lawton, OK- Wichita Falls, TX: News... - 0 views

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    Many in sparsely populated Andrews County in West Texas embraced the idea of opening up a radioactive waste site there. They saw it as a chance to bring much needed jobs and tax dollars into the remote, sparsely populated West Texas county.

    Now, they're not so sure after the waste company asked the county to go a step further and come up with $75 million to pay for a disposal area at the site.

    Voters in the county on the New Mexico border will decide Saturday whether to help Dallas-based Waste Control Specialists fund construction of a low-level radioactive waste disposal facility.

    If passed, the measure would give county officials the ability to issue bonds to purchase $75 million of Waste Control Specialists' assets and lease them back to the company.
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Congressmen pan depleted uranium decision - Salt Lake Tribune - 0 views

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    The Nuclear Regulatory Commission assured Rep. Jim Matheson and other Congress members it will stay true to its commitment to see that depleted uranium can be disposed of safely in Utah and elsewhere.

    But the agency doesn't detail how it reached its decision to stick to its 1981 system, which treats depleted uranium as "Class A" waste, the standard category for the least hazardous low-level waste.

    Matheson, of Utah, and Rep. Ed Markey, D-Mass., hope to find at least some of those answers in the thousands of pages of documents that they have requested from NRC and that are due next Monday.
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Fort Worth lawmaker airs concerns about low-level nuclear waste being transported on Te... - 0 views

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    State Rep. Lon Burnam is worried about countless trucks carrying low-level nuclear waste driving on local roads - likely Interstates 20 and 30 - on the way to a disposal site in Andrews County.

    Already, Vermont is sending its waste to the West Texas site, and Burnam, D-Fort Worth, is afraid that without additional restrictions more states might follow suit.

    "Over two-thirds of the nation's nuclear waste will come through D-FW on its way to Andrews County," he said. "The question is, are we taking it from two states or all of the states?"
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Texas regulators OK low-level radioactive disposal - Houston Chronicle - 0 views

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    Texas environmental regulators approved a plan Wednesday to dispose of low-level radioactive waste from around the country at a remote site near the New Mexico border.

    Commissioners with the state's environmental agency voted 2-0 to grant two licenses that will allow Dallas-based Waste Control Specialists to dispose of waste from Texas and Vermont and from sites run by the federal government.

    One commissioner on the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, Larry R. Soward, abstained.

    The license will be issued and disposal of the waste can begin after the company completes condemnation of land and obtains mineral rights at the West Texas disposal site about 370 miles from Dallas.
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BBC NEWS | UK | Scotland | Nuclear waste dump wins approval - 0 views

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    Plans for a dump to store low-level radioactive waste in Caithness has won conditional approval from a Highland Council planning committee.

    The application to build the £110m facility to handle waste from the Dounreay complex will now be considered by Scottish ministers.

    People living close to the proposed site on a former military airfield have raised concerns.
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Truck Carrying Radioactive Load Crashes - KPTV Portland - 0 views

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    A semitrailer that was carrying a low-level radiation load jackknifed and crashed on Interstate 84 Monday afternoon.

    No one was hurt when the commercial semitrailer lost control, jackknifed, went off the road and collided with a rock wall, Oregon State Police said.

    Oregon troopers, ODOT workers and the La Grande Fire Department's Regional Hazmat Team responded to the scene, police said.

    The Hazmat team found that there had been no breach of the container with the unidentified load.
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Low-level nuclear waste, high-level problems - Carlsbad Current-Argus - 0 views

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    Most of the nation has nowhere to send its low-level nuclear waste. It can't stop producing this waste. It's necessary for diagnosing and treating cancer and other diseases, and for research. But because there is no-where to send the waste, it piles up in hospitals, other medical facilities and research centers.
    It's an illustration of our nation's inability to deal realistically with nuclear issues.
    Most of this waste used to be sent to South Carolina to the Barnwell Low-Level Radioactive Waste Disposal Facility. It was the first such facility in the country when it began receiving radioactive waste in 1971. It is just one of three in the nation today.
    On July 1, a new policy took effect: The Barnwell facility takes waste only from South Carolina, Connecticut and New Jersey.
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8-state panel to take on EnergySolutions' loophole - Salt Lake Tribune - 0 views

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    Nuclear regulators from eight states, including Utah, meet today to look for a way to close a loophole that has allowed low-level radioactive waste from foreign nations to be buried in U.S. landfills.
    The Northwest Interstate Compact on Radioactive Waste wants to address the loophole in Tennessee regulations that allows such waste to be imported to the United States.
    EnergySolutions Inc., a Salt Lake City nuclear-waste company, has raised awareness about foreign waste in the past year, with a request to import waste from Italy's decommissioned nuclear power plants, process it at the company's Tennessee plant and dispose of a small portion of it in the company's Tooele County specialized landfill.
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Deseret News | Utah officials say Italy's N-waste bid subject to compact - 0 views

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    State officials contend in federal-court documents filed Tuesday that the Northwest Interstate Compact on Low-Level Radioactive Waste Management has authority over EnergySolutions Inc.'s Clive facility in Tooele County, where the company wants to store low-level nuclear waste from Italy.

    In a motion for summary judgment filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Salt Lake City, Utah assistant attorney general Fred Nelson said the Northwest Compact has had authority over the Clive facility since 1991, when Envirocare, which later became EnergySolutions, asked the compact to store low-level radioactive waste. Since that time, the compact has responded to similar requests based on language in a 1985 federal act that created the compact.
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Dealing with nuclear waste | Spartanburg Herald-Journal - 0 views

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    Most of the nation has nowhere to send its low-level nuclear waste.

    It can't stop producing this waste. It's necessary for diagnosing and treating cancer and other diseases and for research. But because there is nowhere to send the waste, it piles up in hospitals, other medical facilities and research centers.
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At a nuclear waste industry meeting, officials say the regional compact needs revamp - ... - 0 views

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    Utah has long been the safety valve for states without disposal for radiation-tainted waste.
    Railroad cars hauled all but 5 percent of the nation's low-level radioactive waste last year to the EnergySolutions Inc. disposal site in Tooele County.
    But hospitals, universities and nuclear plants that generate low-level waste are beginning to worry about the long-term outlook for a small fraction of the waste they generate, material that has been outlawed in Utah because it is too radiologically hot.
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Standoff over waste from Italy to drag on - Salt Lake Tribune - 0 views

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    It might be another year before a judge decides who has the final say on importing foreign radioactive waste to Utah.
    EnergySolutions Inc. requested the federal court ruling in hopes of securing the right to import low-level nuclear waste from Italy and other foreign countries over the objections of the state, the public and members of Congress.
    U.S. District Judge Ted Stewart will preside at a weeklong bench trial in the case next fall, according to recently filed papers. Critics hope Congress will pass a bill to outlaw most foreign waste imports before the judge decides.
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Matheson pushes alternative Yucca Mountain nuke waste shipment plan - Salt Lake Tribune - 0 views

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    Dumping the nation's nuclear waste in the Nevada desert could cost billions more and take even longer than previously anticipated.
    But the plan to open Yucca by 2020 - three years later than previously estimated - hinges on the Nuclear Regulatory Commission approving a license for the facility, for Congress to give its final nod to the arrangement and for enough money to be earmarked to the project.
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Matheson introduces bill amending Nuclear Waste Policy Act of 1982 | thespectrum.com | ... - 0 views

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    U.S. Rep. Jim Matheson, along with the Utah and Nevada Congressional delegations, has introduced a bill -HR 4062-that amends the Nuclear Waste Policy Act of 1982, according to a press release from Matheson's office today.
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    Matheson's bill requires commercial nuclear utilities to transfer nuclear waste from spent nuclear fuel pools into dry storage casks; requires the Department of Energy (DOE) to take title of all spent nuclear fuel stored in dry casks on-site and requires such storage to comply the Nuclear Regulatory Commission's safety regulations, the release said.
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Lone Star Sierra Club Sues to Void Uranium Waste License - 0 views

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    The Sierra Club has filed suit in state district court to overturn a decision by the state's environmental regulatory agency to grant a license for disposal of thousands of cubic feet of highly radioactive uranium waste material in far western Andrews County near the New Mexico border.
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