SEPTEMBER 2008

Valhi announces WCS to begin construction at Andrews County site

Valhi, Inc. announced that its wholly-owned subsidiary, Waste Control Specialists, LLC (WCS), has awarded a three-year, $80 million contract to URS to lead the design and construction of new permanent disposal facilities and infrastructure improvements at WCS’s site in Andrews County, Texas.

These new facilities will enable WCS to begin operations under its license issued by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) in May 2008 to dispose of radioactive byproduct material and enhance its bulk waste handling and disposal capabilities.

The URS contract contains three separate elements:

  • The addition of a railroad loop and facilities for unloading hazardous waste materials from rail cars;
  • Construction of the byproduct disposal landfill; and
  • Construction of a low-level radioactive waste (LLRW) disposal and fill facility upon the TCEQ’s approval of WCS’s pending LLRW disposal license application.

The WCS facility in Andrews County, Texas is currently licensed for the processing, storage and disposal of a broad range of hazardous, toxic and byproduct wastes and certain types of low-level and mixed low-level radioactive wastes.