Treatment and Storage
Waste Control Specialists offers a multitude of services to its customers. This “one-stop shop” approach would not be complete without the treatment and storage capabilities WCS offers to its customers.
WCS is authorized for the receipt, processing and storage of radioactive waste, and for the non-thermal treatment of:
- Ignitable, corrosive, toxic, selective reactive, and non-hazardous wastes
- Liquids, sludges, solids, lab packs in approved containers, and liquids in bulk tankers
Additionally, WCS obtained a Special Nuclear Material (SNM) exemption from the U.S Nuclear Regulatory Commission, which was approved by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ). This exemption limits SNM receipt for processing, treatment, or storage based on maximum concentrations versus total grams; thus, WCS does not have a gram possession limit.
WCS’ processing capabilities include a negative pressure Mixed-Waste Treatment Facility (MWTF) dedicated to the processing and treatment of Low-level Radioactive Waste (LLW) and Mixed Low-level Radioactive Waste (MLLW). This facility includes over 20,000 square feet of treatment and staging area with an 85-cubed-yard capacity mixing pan. There is an isolated treatment room with an airlock and a dedicated ventilation system within the MWTF. Double containment is provided in this room as necessary, for treatment of high-dispersal waste.
Covered storage is available in both the Container Storage Area with 37,500 cubic feet (275,000 gallon equivalent) of waste storage capacity, and the Bin Storage Area with 17,118 cubic feet of storage capacity.
WCS is capable of storing:
- Radioactive Waste, incl. Greater Than Class C (GTCC) LLRW, Transuranic Waste, Sealed Sources, and Byproduct Material.
- RCRA/TSCA Waste
On June 6, 2013, Waste Control Specialists (WCS) celebrated the long-awaited opening of their Federal Waste Facility with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.
Representatives of the U.S. Department of Energy, Los Alamos National Laboratories, Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, and the surrounding communities spoke at the ceremony.