No public comments made at mercury storage meeting
No comments were offered Tuesday during a public hearing at Two Rivers Convention Center to consider where the nation’s mercury should be stored.
Grand Junction was one of seven sites listed as potential locations for as many as 11,000 tons of mercury to be stored over the next 40 years. It also hosted the first of several public hearings the Department of Energy has scheduled to field public comments.
The Energy Department listed a site in Andrews, Texas, as the preferred location for storage of the material. A company called Waste Control Specialists wants to store the mercury.
The Energy Department is conducting other hearings in Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, Washington, Georgia, New Mexico and Texas for public comment on the draft environmental impact statement for the storage project.
Comments can be registered on the Web at mercurystorageeis.com. The deadline for comments is March 30.
The site must be in operation by Jan. 1, 2013, when a ban on mercury exports goes into effect.