West Texas site seeks to bury depleted uranium
LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) - The company operating Texas' only radioactive waste dump site is asking state regulators to allow disposal of depleted uranium.
Waste Control Specialists says the uranium stored at its West Texas site would have only low-level radioactivity. But opponents say the proposal would get the business closer to handling more dangerous material in Parker County.
The Dallas-based company says the depleted uranium, a by-product of enriched uranium that fuels nuclear power plants, would come from U.S. Department of Energy facilities.
Andrea Morrow, a spokeswoman for the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, says that to ensure safety, the depleted uranium would have to be disposed of at the greatest depth possible.
No date has been set for when the state's three environmental agencies will consider the amendment.