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July 23, 2001

Texas Legislators oppose the applications of Interim Storage Partners (ISP) and Holtec International for Consolidated Interim Storage projects

Sixty-three Texas State Legislators wrote to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission asking them not to license high-level radioactive waste storage. Seven Democratic Senators and fifty-six Democratic State Representatives signed onto this letter. A letter raising similar concerns is being circulated among Republican State Legislators. Some legislators will send individual letters. Texas Democrats and Republicans solidly oppose the applications of Interim Storage Partners (ISP) and Holtec International for Consolidated Interim Storage projects, which would be sited in Texas and New Mexico respectively. We all want our state’s health, safety and economy protected! Read the Texas Legislator’s letter .

When it comes to dumping radioactive waste in the Southwest: We DO NOT CONSENT! Read more…

July 27, 2001

NRC expected to release reports for Andrews site this month

Andrews County waste dump site
The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission is expected to release a Safety Analysis and final version of the Environmental Impact Statement for a proposed nuclear waste site in Andrews County by the end of this month, according to activism group Beyond Nuclear.

Kevin Kamps with Beyond Nuclear told the Reporter-Telegram the NRC has told the group those reports will be released in July. After those reports are made public, the NRC will decide whether to approve Waste Control Specialists’ application to store high-level nuclear waste.

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May 05, 2001

Radioactive waste storage bill derailed in the Texas House on a technicality

Karen Hadden director of the Sustainable Energy and Economic Development Coalition, called the bill "a nuclear Trojan Horse."

AUSTIN — Contentious legislation that would have given financial breaks to the company that operates the storage site for low-level radioactive waste in remote West Texas was derailed Wednesday on a procedural technicality in the state House.

The maneuver to knock down House Bill 2692 short-circuited what had been expected to be a freewheeling floor debate over whether the bill would have provided a backdoor to bringing the most dangerous waste from decommissioned nuclear power plants to Texas.

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April 16, 2001

Oppose Bad Bills in the Texas Legislature

A bad radioactive waste bill in the Texas Legislature must be stopped. The Senate version is SB 1046 (by Senators Birdwell and Seliger) and the identical House bill (by Rep. Landgraf) is HB 2692.

Due to loopholes, the bill fails to stop deadly high-level radioactive waste from coming to Texas. And Waste Control Specialists (WCS) is unwilling to withdraw their federal application for high-level radioactive waste storage.

Governor Abbott vetoed these massive financial giveaways to WCS last session, but the company is back, wanting this and more. Texas would lose hundreds of millions of dollars, or more, from low-level radioactive waste surcharges if this bill passes. Our state won’t be able to afford contamination cleanup without this funding.

Safety regulations would be loosened and an antitrust requirement would be removed.

Learn more here


Two companies seek licenses to import thousands of tons of deadly nuclear reactor waste and store it for decades at sites in Texas and New Mexico.

Help halt these dangerous plans by writing to your Congressional Representative today!

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April 8, 2021

Texas radioactive waste disposal company seeking break from state fees and surcharges

Depending on who is interpreting it, legislation moving closer to a vote in the Texas House and Senate would either shut the door to the state ever becoming home to high-level radioactive waste or carve a path to bring it in.

Two separate but similar bills — one in the House and the other in the Senate — seek to lower state fees and surcharges imposed on Waste Control Specialists that operates a storage and disposal site in Andrews County, near the border with New Mexico.

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April 2, 2021

Nuclear waste project in southeast New Mexico delayed as feds demand answers

A project to store high-level nuclear waste in southeast New Mexico was delayed as the federal government sought more answers from the company proposing to build and operate the facility as to its potential risk to human life.

Holtec International proposed to build the consolidated interim storage facility (CISF) to temporarily hold spent nuclear fuel rods from generator sites across the country as a permanent repository was developed.

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Feb 18, 2021

Semis hauling millions of radioactive loads across the country

Each year, millions of radioactive loads are shipped across the country, many on trucks that travel right beside you on our highways.

The federal government says the shipments are safe, but some of those who handle and haul the toxic material disagree.

In this exclusive Local 12 Investigation, Chief Investigative Reporter Duane Pohlman interviews two of those workers.

Read more at the WKRC News Local 12 website.

January 9, 2021

In Memory of Noel Marquez:
Friends pay tribute to local artist, environmentalist

Noel V. Marquez of Lake Arthur, 67, an honored New Mexico painter and a leader of environmental protection efforts, passed away Dec. 23 after a long illness, according to family members.

Marquez was the 2008 recipient of the Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts. He was known for his large murals in New Mexico communities, including Carlsbad, Hobbs and Artesia, where he was born on June 4, 1953.

Read more at the Roswell Daily Record website.

Sept 24, 2020

Nuclear waste could travel through Dallas-Fort Worth if West Texas plan is approved

By Haley Samsel
Fort Worth Star-Telegram

Waste Control Specialists’ facility near Andrews, Texas
John Ward, operations project task manager at Waste Control Specialists’ facility near Andrews, Texas, is pictured in 2017 inspecting concrete canisters that will house drums of nuclear waste. Photo: David Bowser Texas Tribune

If approved by federal regulators, at least 5,000 tons of high-level nuclear waste from across the U.S. could travel through the Metroplex on its way to a West Texas storage facility that already stores low-level radioactive materials.

High-level nuclear waste refers to spent, or used, reactor fuel and waste materials that exist after the used fuel is reprocessed for disposal. The radioactive waste poses potentially harmful effects to humans and only decreases in radioactivity through decay, which can take hundreds of thousands of years, according to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, the federal agency that regulates nuclear power plants and the storage and disposal of waste.

Activists who oppose the West Texas plan say the impact will not be limited to residents of Andrews County, where the toxic waste site owned by Waste Control Specialists already sits near the Texas-New Mexico border. The commission is considering a similar plan for a high-level waste storage facility in southeastern New Mexico, brought forward by the nuclear company Holtec.

Read more at the Fort Worth Star-Telegram website.

September 21, 2019

Plan to transport nuclear waste to West Texas draws concern

SEED Coalition is a party in the legal case opposing high-level radioactive waste storage at WCS’ site in Andrews County, Texas and we just filed a new contention regarding significant risks of transportation of this deadly nuclear material. Hopefully, the Atomic Safety and Licensing Board will pay attention to this critical issue and the technical hurdles that have now been documented by the U.S. Nuclear Waste Technical Review Board in a report to Congress and the DOE.

Here is the study the contention was based on, the contention we filed and the expert witness testimony that backs it up.

Perla Trevizo,
Houston Chronicle

A proposal to send high-level nuclear waste to West Texas may seem like something Houstonians shouldn’t worry about. But if approved, some of the state’s largest metro areas could be in the path of thousands of shipments of radioactive materials as they make their way from plants across the country.

Interim Storage Partners, formed by Orano USA and Waste Control Specialists LLC, is applying for an initial 40-year license to eventually store 40,000 metric tons of used nuclear fuel in an existing facility in Andrews County.

Those in favor say it will save taxpayers money and provide a temporary solution to the decades-old impasse over finding a permanent storage solution for the country’s nuclear waste. But critics, made up of an unlikely coalition of environmentalists, ranchers and some in the oil industry, say the plan is not worth the risk of exposure en route to, or at, the storage site

So far, the plan appears to be moving forward.

The least risky path is leaving it close to where it is until a permanent repository is available, said Karen Hadden, executive director of the Texas-based Sustainable Energy and Economic Development Coalition. “It makes no sense to ship it to consolidated interim storage sites. Why transport for this purpose alone and then transport again to a permanent repository? There is also the risk of creating a dangerous de facto permanent site, that should never happen because it could lead to disaster.”

They also call on Texas’ congressional delegation to fight the proposal. They have the power to stop the proposal from moving forward, said Tom “Smitty” Smith, with Public Citizen, the nonprofit consumer advocacy group.

Read more at the Houston Chronicle web site.