About 100 people turn out for mercury meeting

ANDREWS, Texas (AP) - Strong opinions were expressed when the U.S. Department of Energy visited West Texas for the sixth of eight public meetings on prospective sites for federally mandated mercury storage.

About 100 people attended a meeting on Thursday night in Andrews to discuss the possibility that the Waste Control Specialists radioactive waste dump could be chosen. The site, 30 miles west of Andrews, is the only privately owned location among seven under consideration.

Adam Greenwood, an Albuquerque, N.M., attorney and founder of Save the Ogallala Aquifer, said it would be better to store mercury at a government-run site, the Odessa American reported.

But Wesley Burnett, Andrews economic development director, said bringing mercury in could benefit the community.

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