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Application Filed For High-Level Nuclear Waste Site In Texas

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DALLAS (AP) — A Dallas-based company has submitted an application to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission for a license to construct and operate an interim storage site in West Texas for high-level nuclear waste from around the country.

Waste Control Specialists, which submitted the application Thursday, had notified the NRC last year of its plan to seek the license to build the facility in rural Andrews County that would store spent fuel rods from power plants. There’s currently no such disposal site in the U.S.

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission says the review process is expected to take about three years.

Rod Baltzer, president and chief executive officer of Waste Control Specialists, says the license submittal puts his company on track for completion of the facility as early as 2021.

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