Vermont Begins Shipping Radioactive Waste to West Texas 9/26/12
September 26, 2012
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - Nearly 20 years after the Vermont and Texas Legislatures first agreed to have Vermont ship low-level radioactive waste to the Lone Star State, the first shipment of waste has been made.
The Texas-Vermont Low-Level Radioactive Waste Compact Commission was created by the two states in 1993. Then it took years for a disposal site in West Texas to win state licensing there.
The commission held a meeting in Montpelier on Wednesday, where it was announced that the first shipment - a 30-gallon drum containing radioactive waste from the University of Vermont and Burlington's Fletcher Allen Health Care hospital - was shipped recently.
The Vermont Yankee nuclear plant - by far Vermont's largest radioactive waste generator - also has begun making shipments.