ANDREWS, Texas (August 12, 2014) — Waste Control Specialists LLC (WCS) successfully completed the first large-component disposal of low-level radioactive waste (LLRW) materials at the WCS Texas Compact Waste Facility (CWF), in Andrews County, Texas, when four 200-ton steam generators were buried in the CWF earlier this month.
The steam generators were transported using a multi-modal (truck-marine-rail) transportation system, also a first for the CWF. This also marks the first Class 7 Radioactive Rail shipment to the site, another breakthrough in the safe and efficient disposal of LLRW for WCS and the CWF.
WCS president Rod Baltzer said the entire disposal process was executed flawlessly.
“This large-component disposal really demonstrates the long-term benefits the Texas Compact Waste Facility offers to the nuclear power industry,” said Mr. Baltzer; “We want to thank WMG, Barnhart Crane and Rigging, Canal Barge and ICE Services Group for making this historic disposal go so smoothly. I’m extremely proud of our team at WCS as they have, once again, proven themselves to be among the best in the industry.”
The steam generators were placed in the 100-foot below-ground CWF repository where they will be entombed in concrete.
The 200-hundred ton generators, all Class A LLRW, arrived ahead of schedule and were placed in the CWF without incident, demonstrating the capabilities of the WCS Compact Waste Facility for safe and secure disposal.
The shipment of such heavy equipment, over a great distance, utilizing multiple means of transport sets a new standard in the industry.