WASHINGTON — A West Texas toxic waste storage facility is seeking a license to accept and store spent nuclear reactor fuel, much of it highly radioactive.
Waste Control Specialists, which operates a low-level nuclear waste dump in Andrews County, announced Thursday that it has applied for the license to build and maintain a temporary storage site for the spent fuel.
“We think we've got a great site, we've got consent with the local community, we think the license application is really good,” said Rod Baltzer, the company's president and CEO in an interview after the announcement at the National Press Club.
The company said it is partnering with AREVA Inc. and NAC International Inc., longtime industry leaders in nuclear waste engineering and transportation. The group hopes to start construction by 2019 after a standard three-year review by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. If the NRC signs off on the application, the facility could begin accepting used nuclear fuel by 2021.