Waste dump bill fails in Texas

2 July 2001

The legislature failed to pass a bill that would have allowed a privately-owned dump to be opened in the west Texas town of Andrews. Low-level waste disposal is now performed at only three facilities in the USA.

Eric Peus, president and chief executive officer of Andrews-based Waste Control Specialists, which would have operated the dump, said: "This was the only chance in the country to create something to dispose of low-level waste." Originally, the Texas bill would have allowed Waste Control to accept radioactive material only from Texas, Maine and Vermont. However, the company pushed for an amendment so it could accept waste from the US Energy Department, which would have required a more consistent and larger stream of waste. When this amendment was added, opposition to the facility increased and the bill was thrown out.




Privacy Policy
We have updated our privacy policy. In the latest update it explains what cookies are and how we use them on our site. To learn more about cookies and their benefits, please view our privacy policy. Please be aware that parts of this site will not function correctly if you disable cookies. By continuing to use this site, you consent to our use of cookies in accordance with our privacy policy unless you have disabled them.