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Texas Officials To Vote On Radioactive Waste Burial

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AUSTIN (AP) - Texas officials are set to give final approval to allowing low-level radioactive waste from 38 states to be brought to a Texas burial dump near the New Mexico border.

The Texas Low-Level Radioactive Disposal Compact Commission meets Friday at the state Capitol.

Lawmakers have already approved bringing the waste to the Texas site and the commission is voting on final rule changes. Once approved, the waste could start moving into Texas within the next month.

Environmentalists say trucking the waste on state highways is dangerous and fear the burial site could lead to groundwater contamination.

Dallas-based Waste Control Specialists insists the site near Andrews is safe and that accidents moving the waste are infrequent.

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