Review of Data on Hydrogeology and Related Issues in Andrews County, Texas

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1999

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Technical issues for siting a low-level radioactive waste repository in Andrews County, Texas, include ensuring that a considered site satisfies the licensing requirements spelled out in state regulations (TRCR Part 45). Most of Andrews County is underlain by the High Plains aquifer, which includes the Ogallala Formation as well as older Cretaceous formations. The presence of this aquifer should be expected to pose a great deal of questions from regulators and the public for licensing a low-level radioactive waste repository. Available maps do not unambiguously identify any area of Andrews County where the High Plains aquifer is absent. Possible areas that merit further evaluation include the WCS Site near the state line with New Mexico and the south-central part of the county near the border with Ector and Winkler Counties.

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