History & Economic Impact of Valhi / WCS in Andrews County
In 1995, Valhi Corporation completed the acquisition of Waste Control Specialists in Andrews County, Texas. Construction of the first hazardous waste landfill began in December of 1995.
Twenty years later, the company holds multiple state and federal licenses and permits to treat, store and dispose of low level radioactive waste, at its 14,000 acre site in Andrews County. WCS currently operates four independent disposal units.
The economic investment and contributions have been significant for Andrews County. (The following numbers are updated at the end of the state’s fiscal year, which runs from Sept. 1 to Aug. 31. The current numbers are as of Sept. 30, 2015).
- WCS has made over $300 million in fixed asset investments in Andrews County;
- Made approximately $200 million in payroll to Andrews and regional (Permian Basin, Lea County, N.M.) employees;
- Invested approximately $50,000 annually in community and charitable endeavors.
- The Andrews ISD Education Foundation payment in 2014 was $13,926 – payments to date to the Foundation total over $300,000.
- Current employment at the WCS site is 180. The annual payroll at the site is over $20 million (Actual 2014 payroll was $15,103,206; budgeted payroll expense for 2015 is $20,088,684.)In 2011the community approved a $75 million dollar revenue bond which enabled WCS to begin construction of the Texas Compact Low-Level Radioactive Waste Disposal facility, and the Federal Low-Level Radioactive Waste Disposal facility. The Texas Compact facility began operations in mid-2012; the Federal facility came on line in mid-2013.That’s when the company and the community began to see significant revenue. Both Andrews County and the State of Texas receive five (5) percent of the gross of all radioactive waste disposal activities. WCS makes quarterly payments to the state and county.
- Andrews County received its first direct payment of disposal revenue in September 2012. (The state’s fiscal year runs Sept. 1 – Aug. 31.)
- Andrews County has received almost $7 million ($6,798,735) in fee revenue in the first two full years of disposal operations.
- The state of Texas has received just under $30 million ($29,881,276.)
Russel Shannon of The Andrews Industrial Foundation discusses the beneficial partnership WCS has built with Andrews County and the surrounding communities.
WCS enjoys broad support from Andrews County, Texas and Lea County New Mexico. Listen in on why local residents support WCS and how WCS plans on supporting them.