Southwest (AZ NM OK TX)

"Burnam: 'Top Secret' Documents Show Risks of Radioactive Waste Dump"

"With a manila envelope labeled 'TOP SECRET' propped up in front of him, state Rep. Lon Burnam, a Fort Worth Democrat, called on the Texas Attorney General to allow the public release of confidential information related to a West Texas radioactive waste dump owned by Dallas billionaire Harold Simmons."

Source: Texas Observer, 04/17/2012

"Growth Prospects for Uranium Stir Concerns"

"HOBSON, Texas -- At the back of a South Texas uranium processing facility, a few dozen black container drums stood outside, waiting to be shipped. Each was filled with about $50,000 worth of yellowcake, a powdery substance created from raw uranium."

"'That's pretty close to a Lexus in every drum,' said Gregory Kroll, the superintendent of the site, which is run by the Uranium Energy Corporation, based in Corpus Christi. The company mines the uranium in Duval County and brings it here for processing, before sending it on to a plant in Illinois, where it is further refined.

Source: Texas Tribune, 04/16/2012


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