February 26, 2009
Plans to ship about 3.2 million tons of contaminated river silt from New York to West Texas as early as May could make the state the largest dumping ground for hazardous waste in the nation.
"The project is the biggest environmental cleanup in our nation's history," said Kristen Skopeck, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
Todd Anderson, a professor at Texas Tech's Institute of Environmental and Human Health, said via e-mail the shipment of PCBs poses no risk to the environment or West Texans.
"The Andrews facility is a permitted waste facility," he said in the e-mail. "They know how to handle such things."