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HOUSTON – A Texas commission approved rules on Tuesday that pave the way for 36 states to export low-level radioactive waste to a remote landfill along the Texas-New Mexico border.

The 5-2 vote by the Texas Low-Level Radioactive Commission came after last-minute legal maneuvering on Monday failed to delay the meeting, environmentalists warned the dump would pollute groundwater and more than 5,000 people commented on the plan.

The expansion stokes the debate over where — and if — nuclear waste can be dumped in the United States, an argument that has taken on new importance since President Barack Obama vowed to decrease the country's dependence on foreign oil, partly by building more nuclear power plants.

In the end, however, the site's owner, Dallas-based Waste Control Specialists, convinced the commission the West Texas landfill was a secure solution to permanently dump radioactive waste. Until now, the site has only accepted waste from Texas, Vermont and the federal government.

"We are certainly very pleased and happy," CEO Bill Lindquist told The Associated Press after the vote in Andrews, Texas.


Asked by sweet-a-kins at 12:41 PM on Jan. 5, 2011 in Politics & Current Events

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  • F no. They wanted to dump that crap in our deserts here in Utah but our Government fought and won it but they are still trying to fight it

    Answer by mommy_of_two388 at 12:42 PM on Jan. 5, 2011

  • I don't think we should use nuclear power until we figure out how to properly neutralize the waste products. Dumping toxic waste anywhere is plain stupid..and it's a disaster waiting to happen.

    Answer by brandyj at 3:02 PM on Jan. 5, 2011

  • Define low level. What illnesses are associated with low level exposure? What about to developing minds and bodies? Too many unknowns, IMO.

    How about they bury the stuff in the  ground right outside the offices of the TX LLRC- I vote for THAT location.


    Answer by Sisteract at 3:42 PM on Jan. 5, 2011

  • I live 1 mile from Interstate 95. Low level nuclear waste moves up and down that thoroughfare all the time. We want the less expensive power we get from the nuclear process. We have to deal with the by products/waste of the process. It has to go somewhere. There is a facility in SC, one in Washington, and one in Utah. The low level waste has to move across the country to be stored. Having one in Texas will help with the transport of waste from the west and south central states.

    Answer by jesse123456 at 5:03 PM on Jan. 5, 2011

  • Not Really, that's creepy...

    Answer by agentwanda at 12:44 PM on Jan. 5, 2011

  • Nope.

    Answer by tiddliwinks at 12:45 PM on Jan. 5, 2011

  • no not really...there is a nuclear power plant within 10 miles from where I live now and they are currently storing all of this crap there until they can find a place to put it. there was just a news story about it a month or so ago.

    Answer by foxracing43701 at 2:49 PM on Jan. 5, 2011

  • I think it's probably safe, but accidents happen.

    Answer by UpSheRises at 3:11 PM on Jan. 5, 2011

  • Already live near one. If I were to walk outside of my lab building right now, I would be able to see one of our reactors. Our area is pretty well known for its radiation research and decontamination. The town grew here because this is where they developed the bomb for WWII. The local high school mascot is "the Bombers" and it's a mushroom cloud. ::sigh::

    Answer by Groovyflor1 at 4:53 PM on Jan. 5, 2011

  • Yeah no not really...

    Answer by beachmamaof2 at 4:58 PM on Jan. 5, 2011