Vermont Begins Shipping Radioactive Waste to Texas

Sep 26, 2012

Nearly 20 years after the Vermont and Texas Legislatures first agreed to have Vermont ship low-level radioactive waste to the Lone Star State, the first shipment of waste has been made.

The Texas-Vermont Low-Level Radioactive Waste Compact Commission was created by the two states in 1993. Then it took years for a disposal site in West Texas to win state licensing there.

The commission held a meeting in Montpelier on Wednesday, where it was announced that the first shipment,  a 30-gallon drum containing radioactive waste from the University of Vermont and Burlington's Fletcher Allen Health Care hospital,  was shipped recently.

The Vermont Yankee nuclear plant,  by far Vermont's largest radioactive waste generator,  also has begun making shipments.

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