Arkansas Has Enough Space for Low-Level Radioactive Waste

LITTLE ROCK, AR - Officials say Arkansas has enough space to handle its low-level radioactive waste that now goes to a storage site in South Carolina that will be closed next summer.

Beginning July 1, a landfill in Barnwell County, S.C., will be closed to most of the 39 states, including Arkansas, that now dump their low-level radioactive waste there.  The site will then take waste only from South Carolina, Connecticut and New Jersey.

In Arkansas, low-level nuclear waste is generated mostly from Entergy's Arkansas Nuclear One near Russellville, the National Center for Toxicological Research in Jefferson County, the Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System in Little Rock and the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville.

Those sites have plenty of storage for the foreseeable future.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)