In the letter seeking to suspend licensing, Waste Control Specialists said that the merger would "result in substantial benefits to the safe and effective storage and disposal of LLRW
in the United States.
That merger would "deny commercial generators of LLRW
- from universities and hospitals working on life-saving treatments to nuclear facilities producing 20 percent of the electricity in the United States - the benefits of vigorous competition that has led to significantly lower prices, better service and innovation in recent years."
This is Waste Control Specialists LLC's first contract signed with a non-Texas Compact generator since the Texas legislature passed a bill authorising the disposal of LLRW
from non-Texas Compact generators.
As GAO reported in 2004, existing disposal facilities had adequate capacity for most LLRW
and were accessible to waste generators (hereafter referred to as disposal availability) in the short term, but constraints on the disposal of certain types of LLRW
The Act stated that commercially generated LLRW
could be more safely and effectively managed by states.
Nuclear power plants and other LLRW
producers from across the country pay SEG to incinerate and compact waste.
A key question in the story of LLRW
disposal is how many of these apparent problems can be attributed to the use of interstate compacts, and whether this experience can provide useful lessons for future national compact efforts.
States low-level radioactive waste (LLRW
) during the first three decades
This WCS facility is the only commercial facility in the US licensed to dispose of Class A, B and C LLRW
. It is also licensed for the treatment and storage of LLRW
and has safely and successfully served as a temporary storage facility for past US Department of Energy projects.
The six DOE sites we visited, representing more than 70 percent of the LLRW
disposed of by DOE during 2003 and 2004, did not consistently use life-cycle cost analysis because of weak DOE guidance and a lack of oversight of contractors' implementation of this guidance.
GAO identified several changes in LLRW
disposal availability and federal agency oversight since its 1999 report that have had or might have significant impacts on LLRW
management by the states.