Posted at: 06/06/2013 11:52 AM
Updated at: 06/06/2013 12:07 PM
By: Betsy Blaney, The Associated Press
ANDREWS, Texas (AP) - The first of two containers carrying radioactive laboratory waste has been placed into a reinforced concrete canister at the bottom of a new burial site.
A portion of the site was opened Thursday in the West Texas town of Andrews. It was built to handle waste from U.S. Energy Department locations nationwide.
Waste from New Mexico's Los Alamos National Laboratory on Thursday will be the first low-level radioactive waste to be buried in the 90-acre federal dump.
Company spokesman Chuck McDonald says the Los Alamos waste is derived from nuclear materials research and development stored at the laboratory for decades. After a large wildfire lapped at the edges of lab property in summer 2011, New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez identified removal of the waste as a top priority.