Waste Control Specialists to Seek Used Nuclear Fuel Storage License from NRC
In February 2015, Waste Control Specialists (WCS) filed a letter of intent with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) informing them of the company’s intention to seek a license to operate an Independent Used Fuel Storage Installation (ISFSI) at its Andrews, Texas site. WCS will partner with global leaders in the handling and storage of used nuclear fuel to provide an interim solution for waste that our country has been struggling to manage.
This will be a community supported, consent-based facility – just as the current WCS disposal facilities are. The community and region have already been apprised of the proposal, Andrews County unanimously adopted a resolution of support, and elected officials in Texas are aware of WCS’s plans and are supportive.
WCS currently operates multiple disposal facilities at our 14,000-acre site located in far West Texas. They have the ideal location, the experienced workforce, an impeccable safety record, and a community that understands and supports this industry.
The WCS facilities are situated in an arid, isolated part of the state. Because it has already gone through a five-year licensing process in obtaining its low level disposal licenses, WCS can offer one of the most geologically studied sites in the country. It is the only privately owned and operated facility in the United States that has been licensed to treat, store and dispose of Class A, B & C Low Level Radioactive waste.
WCS is not seeking any federal or state funding for either the licensing process or the construction of an Independent Used Fuel Storage Installation.
However, WCS is asking the federal government to:
1. Amend the Nuclear Waste Policy Act (NWPA) to give the federal government clear statutory authority to accept and take title to used fuel for storage, and
2 Authorize the expenditure of existing monies — already funded by ratepayers – to pay for its storage.
Once these two matters have been addressed and a license has been secured, WCS will begin construction of the facility.