NRC to hear arguments on waste facility applications


MIDLAND COUNTY, Texas (Big 2/Fox 24) – The Nuclear Regulatory Commission will be in Midland next week to hear arguments regarding licenses to store nuclear waste. Waste Control Specialists, in Andrews, as will has Orano USA, have applied for a license to build and operate a dry cask storage site for commercial spent nuclear fuel, according to the release.

The storage facility would be adjected to the existing WCS facility in Andrews County.

On July 10 and 11, the board will hear arguments for and address concerns from community members.

Prior to the application hearing, protestors plan to address the community to oppose the license from WCS.  Concerned citizens will address the community at 2 p.m. July 9 at 301 S. Main Street.

Those who opposed the facility say in a release that the storage facility would pose health and safety risks for surrounding communities.

Hearings are open to the public however, NRC officials say only representatives for petitioners will be allowed to participate.

Hearings will begin at 9 a.m. July 10 at the Midland County Courthouse, 500 N. Loraine St. Another hearing will be held the following day if necessary.

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