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County Taking Nuke Waste, State Get 1st Payments

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A symbol for radioactivity is visible on a radioactively-contaminated container once used to transport nuclear fuel rods (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

A symbol for radioactivity is visible on a radioactively-contaminated container once used to transport nuclear fuel rods (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

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ANDREWS, Texas (AP) — Andrews County and the state have gotten their first payments from the company operating a radioactive waste disposal site in West Texas.

Waste Control Specialists spokesman Chuck McDonald said Thursday that the Dallas-based company paid $630,000 to Andrews County and about $3.4 million to Texas earlier this month.

He says the payments cover the quarter that ended Aug. 31. Future payments will come within 31 days of the end of each quarter based on the revenue taken in for disposing of low-level radioactive waste.

McDonald says the county gets 5 percent from Waste Control Specialists LLC and the state gets 25 percent.

Environmental groups worry about the site’s geology and contamination of nearby underground water sources. However, the company says the site about 375 miles west of Dallas is safe.

(© Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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