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VAN HORN, Texas (AP) — A West Texas county commissioner says an Austin-based company will answer questions about the storage of high-level radioactive waste at a public meeting.
Culbertson County Commissioner Raul Ramirez said Wednesday that representatives of Austin-based AFCI Texas LLC will meet with residents of the remote county Thursday evening to discuss possibly storing spent nuclear fuel rods for as long as 100 years.
AFCI unsuccessfully approached Hudspeth and Loving counties about interim storage of the spent rods.
Waste Control Specialists, which operates a low-level radioactive waste disposal site in Texas near the New Mexico border, has already notified the Nuclear Regulatory Commission that it intends to seek a license to store the spent fuel.
Officials in southeastern New Mexico are also interested.
Van Horn is about 110 miles southeast of El Paso.