Proposed New Mexico waste oil disposal plant draws criticism

EUNICE, N.M. (AP) – A proposed waste oil disposal plant in southeastern New Mexico is drawing criticism from local officials and uranium enrichment giant URENCO USA.

The Hobbs News-Sun reports the criticism came after news had spread that the Lubbock-based CK Disposal wanted to build a 317-acre surface waste oil management plant in eastern Lea County.

The proposed site is across from the URENCO USA facility.

Six state legislators representing Lea County had signed a recent letter expressing concerns about that location and the potential for contaminating the URENCO site with “significant atmospheric discharge, primarily in the form of hydrogen sulfide.”

CK Disposal engineers say the maximum possible release would be below require levels. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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