Feds approve nuclear waste storage site in west Texas

Feds approve nuclear waste storage site in west Texas
Feds approve nuclear waste storage site in west Texas Photo credit GettyImages

ANDREWS COUNTY, Tex. (Talk1370.com/NewsRadio 1080 KRLD) -- The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has approved a license for a company to store high-level nuclear waste in west Texas.

Interim Storage Partners LLC plans to build a new facility next to an existing storage site for low-level nuclear waste in Andrews County.

Local officials and the Texas Legislature have both registered their opposition to the new site for high-level waste, which can include spent fuel.

Live On-Air
Talk thirteen seventy
Talk 1370
Listen Now
Now Playing
Now Playing

Andrews County Commissioners passed a resolution opposing the site. State lawmakers passed a bill, signed by Governor Abbott, designed to prevent high-level nuclear waste from being transported from other states to the location.

The NRC says its review of the license application included a technical safety and security review, an environmental impact review and adjudication before an Atomic Safety and Licensing Board.

The Commission is also reviewing a license for a separate high-level disposal site in Lee County, New Mexico. That's just across the border from Andrews County. The NRC could make a decision on that license in early 2022.

Listen on the Audacy app
Sign Up and become a Talk 1370 Insider
Follow us on Facebook & Twitter