Odd Timing

A week ago, Waste Control Specialists (WCS) learned that the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) had received a letter demanding that the NRC stop its review of our application to license and construct a Consolidated Interim Storage Facility for spent nuclear fuel. The letter, co-signed by representatives of four organizations (Public Citizen, Sustainable Energy and Economic…

NRC Leadership Visits WCS Facility

NRC Leadership Visits WCS Facility Earlier this month, I had the pleasure of hosting a visit by the Chairman of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) at the WCS facilities in west Texas.  Chairman Stephen Burns was accompanied by Marc Dapas, the new director of NRC’s Office of Nuclear Material Safety and Safeguards. In addition to…

The DOE is Ready to Roll

There is exciting news from the Department of Energy (DOE) about consolidated interim storage of used nuclear fuel by private sector companies. Earlier this month, in his testimony before the U.S. Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development, Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz stated that the DOE does not need Congressional authorization to move…

The Process Rolls On

The WCS team traveled to Rockville, Maryland last week to meet with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission regarding the Request for Supplemental Information (RSI) for our application to license a Consolidated Interim Storage Facility for used nuclear fuel. As I mentioned in earlier blogs, we had submitted our first official written response to the RSI in…

Meet the Press

Meet the Press Our communications team at Waste Control Specialists (WCS) launched a “Meet the Press” initiative in July with a round of meetings with journalists in the Permian Basin region. The team met with editors and reporters at television stations, radio stations and newspapers in the Texas towns of Midland, Odessa, and Andrews. We…