Meeting planned in Texas to discuss spent nuclear fuel storage

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In this Monday, May 11, 2015 photo, Rob Cox manipulates radioactive material remotely behind a protective barrier at the Hot Fuel Examination Facility at the Idaho National Laboratory about 50 miles west of Idaho Falls, Idaho. The building would handle shipments of “High Burnup” spent nuclear fuel the U.S. Department of Energy wants scientists to examine to better understand the storage and shipment of such fuel. Two former Idaho governors who fought to keep nuclear waste out of Idaho say the shipments violate a 1995 agreement and are the start of more nuclear waste to come. (AP Photo/Keith Ridler)
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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.

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