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Governor Signs Law Allowing Non-Compact Low-Level Radioactive Waste Disposal

Beveridge & Diamond, P.C. - Texas Environmental Update, June 2011 

The low-level radioactive waste disposal facility in Andrews County, Texas will soon be authorized to accept waste from non-compact states pursuant to Senate Bill (“SB”) 1504, which Governor Perry signed into law on June 17, 2011.  Without the authorization afforded by SB 1504 the facility has been limited to accepting waste generated in Texas and compact member states Maine and Vermont.  The SB 1504 allows limited domestic imports of Class A, B and C low-level wastes from non-compact states. 

Waste from non-party states may not exceed more than 30 percent of the disposal and curie capacity, among other conditions.  A 20 percent surcharge for non-party waste is assessed.  SB 1504 prohibits the disposal of waste of international origin.  The TCEQ is directed to conduct a study on the surcharge as well as the impacts on the volume and curie capacity of the disposal site from acceptance of non-party waste.  SB 1504, which will become effective on September 1, 2011, is available here