Spent nuclear waste could be coming to Andrews County

Published: Mar. 20, 2018 at 12:08 AM CDT
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The WCS facility in Andrews County already holds low level radio active waste from about 39 states, now spent nuclear waste could be on the way to town.

Waste Control Specialists is teaming up with the company Orano and planning to revive the license process for a consolidated interim storage facility for used nuclear fuel.

"I think Andrews hit a home run bringing in WCS and it's definitely been good for the economy, so I'm 100% in favor of it," One Stop business owner Lynn Young said.

Andrews County Judge Richard Dolgener says it's something that's been great for the County.

"I think we're going to have a lot of employment - this is going to bring in other people other nuclear scientists, other people we've never had," Dolgener said.

Since Andrews is the host county, they get 5% of the profits. The county reports that it pulled in about $9 million over the last four years from the current waste facility.

For residents who fear safety or any hazards that could potentially be involved, Judge Dolgener says it's something they're keeping a close eye on.

"At the same time, you have to watch what's going on to make sure the science is there, the safety is there, everything is there," Dolgener said.

Some of the money brought in from the current facility has gone to the new park, the city pool, a 4H shooting pavilion and a new food bank building.

This summer, there will be several town hall meetings held for residents to voice their opinions concerning the spent nuclear fuel expansion.