Community Responds to Possibility of Nuclear Storage Facility in Big Spring 2/1/13
CBS 7 News Reporter
February 1, 2013
Big Spring - Today AFCI Texas, LLC, a group proposing the idea of bringing a nuclear storage facility to Howard County, presented their idea to the Big Spring Rotary Club today.
No cameras were allowed inside, but we did sit in on the meeting and later caught up with a rotary member outside.
"They were asking if the community would like to get information, that's all. They weren't asking for a commitment," Malinda Flenniken, Rotary member said.
We pressed for more answers from AFCI today, but they refused to go on camera and left the building. However, we did get an answer over the phone.
"It's just something we don't want to discuss at this point in time. I just want people to hear about it first," a representative said.
The Big Spring community is already responding to the possibility of bringing highly radioactive material to their town.
"It's too small of a community to have something like that," resident Heather Mishra said.
"The more the merrier. I think it's a good thing," Doris Banks said.
"They need to make sure the people want it," Tony DeLeon said.
If brought to Big Spring, the storage facility would bring 5,000 jobs to town, generating $10 million in tax collection.
"There's going to be the good and bad. They have to put this place somewhere," DeLeon said.
"I'm definitely interested in learning more about it," resident Jerry Grimes said.
The next step for the community is for the commissioners to make a formal request.
Howard County is just one of several counties who have been presented the idea of a nuclear storage facility.