Waste Control Specialists, the owner of a low-level radioactive waste disposal site in West Texas, has reached a deal with Area to dispose of material from nuclear plants that will include the Vermont Yankee.

Formerly known as Transnuclear, the Areva TN division of the French company handles nuclear waste storage and transportation. The support services agreement with WCS announced Wednesday will allow nuclear plants a streamlined way to outsource the processing of irradiated waste. Areva will begin handling shipments to WCS from a fuel pool cleanup project at Vermont Yankee next month.

“This agreement with WCS is a vital component of Areva TN’s new RAM Cask PLUS program, which offers cost-effective, turnkey irradiated waste processing, disposal containers, packaging and transport services for our customers,” Areva TN Senior Vice President Mike McMahon said in a release.

Earlier this week, Areva TN also announced delivery of the first dry shielded canisters manufactured by Premier Technology for the Susquehanna nuclear plant in Pennsylvania. The Idaho-based engineering, construction management and manufacturing company delivered six of Areva's Nuhoms 61BTH Type One canisters. Each can store and transport 61 boiling water reactor fuel assemblies with or without channels.