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Californians want to palm off their nuclear waste problem onto Texas

radioactive trashFlag-USACalifornia looks to Texas to solve nuclear waste problem 

Dallas company has filed to open nuclear waste dump in West Texas

Californians say proposal is chance to move spent fuel from Rancho Seco, San Onofre plants

Moving radioactive materials out of earthquake zones still won’t happen till 2021

Southern California Edison announced in 2013 that it would permanently retire its San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station in San Clemente, California. What to do with the spent nuclear fuel at the site remains an unresolved issue. Mark Boster Tribune News Service


California lawmakers are rallying around a plan to relocate radioactive waste from the state’s shuttered nuclear power plants to a storage site in West Texas after failing to secure enough political support to move that waste to a repository in Nevada.

The Texas site is owned by Dallas-based Waste Control Specialists, which submitted a nuclear waste storage proposal to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission in April.

Republican Rep. Darrell Issa, who represents parts of Orange and San Diego counties, said the proposed Texas site is California’s next best hope for moving high-level radioactive waste from areas vulnerable to earthquakes and other natural disasters………

“Seems like we’re on track to make West Texas the nation’s default nuclear waste dump after the one in Nevada fell through,” said Andrew Wheat, the research director for Texans for Public Justice, an advocacy group that targets what it labels the corrupt influence of corporate money in politics.Even if legislators and government officials do decide to move forward with building a nuclear waste facility in West Texas, it would still be years before Californians would see a reduction in the size of the toxic inventory at the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station in San Diego County, which was decommissioned in 2013, and the Rancho Seco Nuclear Generating Station in Herald, which was mothballed in 2009.

Waste Control Specialists did not respond to questions about how long it would be before the company would be able to relocate nuclear waste from California to Texas, but The Texas Tribune has reported that waste relocation efforts would not begin until 2021………

The U.S. government has compensated over 52,000 nuclear workers illnesses related to radiation exposure, but the process is complicated. Deaths resulting from exposure while working at the plants and the compensation process for survivors begs the question

May 25, 2016 - Posted by | USA, wastes

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