Government More News | | | Editor

SRS not chosen as DOE facility

  • Follow Government

A Texas site was formally recommended this week as the permanent home for thousands of tons of unwanted mercury that could have ended up at Savannah River Site, according to a final Environmental Impact Statement issued by the U.S. Department of Energy.

The Waste Control Specialists LLC property near Andrews, Texas, was among six potential sites for the mercury-storage repository.

Other sites evaluated, in addition to SRS, were in Colorado, Washington, Nevada and Missouri.

The storage facility, which is scheduled to open by Jan. 1, 2013, is being created to comply with a 2008 law known as the Mercury Export Ban.

It is designed to prevent the toxic material from being sent overseas, where it could be reused through industrial processes that contaminate the environment.

The facility would eventually store 7,500 to 10,000 metric tons of mercury from nongovernmental sources over a 40-year period, along with large amounts of mercury already stored in government facilities.

Much of the mercury in the U.S. comes from chlorine manufacturing. Mercury is also reclaimed through waste recycling and as a byproduct of gold mining.

The Energy Department expects to issue a final record of decision later this year.

Comments (2) Add comment
ADVISORY: Users are solely responsible for opinions they post here and for following agreed-upon rules of civility. Posts and comments do not reflect the views of this site. Posts and comments are automatically checked for inappropriate language, but readers might find some comments offensive or inaccurate. If you believe a comment violates our rules, click the "Flag as offensive" link below the comment.
msitua 01/22/11 - 12:51 am
It's toxic waste and needs to

It's toxic waste and needs to be stored away from epople and the environment, but it's ok to shoot it into babies by way of vaccinations. Lucky Texans.

Cadence 01/22/11 - 05:45 pm
I'm not a tree hugger and not

I'm not a tree hugger and not afraid of chemicals as a rule, but we sure do produce a lot of poison and blithely dump it in holes in the ground that we hope won't leak. What makes me mad are the old companies that knowingly poisoned the ground and water and air around here. Total disregard for the humans and animals that live here. Just to make a buck. It's really no different from a robber who shoots his victim after taking the money from his wallet.

Back to Top
Top headlines
Teenager's 2003 shooting death still unsolved
Larry L. Drayton, 15, was shot near his apartment on Bahama Drive. Police said investigators were unable to find a weapon or a reason why he was killed.
Search Augusta jobs