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Nuke Nugget: State Radioactive Trash Commissioners open floor to public

Greg Harman
gharman@sacurrent.com

While the CPS Energy trials continue alliteratively rolling on regarding who’s navigating the newest nuke news now and which wonks were worrying when, we’d be remiss not to remind you that some Texans (Dallas Repub billionaire Harold Simmons, owner of Waste Control Specialists, comes to mind) would like to turn Andrews County, Texas, into the next national radioactive waste dump.

In their first meeting since August, the unfunded Texas Low-Level Radioactive Waste Compact Commissioners (rumor has it they raided UT science club study groups for the pimento-cheese finger sandwiches) will open the floor to public comment at 9 am, Thursday.

From Texas Vox:

All of the State TCEQ scientists who worked on the permit for the West Texas dump site, owned by Waste Control Specialists (WCS), determined the site to be inadequate because of the possible radioactive contamination of our aquifers and groundwater. Corruption and politics led to the permitting of the site anyways, ignoring the entire TCEQ technical team’s recommendation against issuing the permit. 3 TCEQ employees quit over the decision.

Now the Compact Commission is putting rules in place, to let nuclear power waste from across the country into Texas, making this site the nation’s radioactive waste dumping ground. The Texas Compact Commission, appointed by Governor Perry, and responsible for managing so-called “low-level” radioactive waste generated within its boundaries, is developing rules for importation of radioactive waste from outside the compact (TX and Vermont), AGAINST the original intent of the law, which was for only the 3 states of the compact to be able to dump there.

The Commission is taking comments from stakeholders on the development of the import rule. We want to let them know that the generators of nuclear waste and the dump company that is profiting from taking the waste are not the only stakeholders in this process. Please come help make the voices of the public, Texas taxpayers, and water drinkers heard LOUD and CLEAR.


We hear God ’n Jesus are seeking some fiery enviro preachers to grab the mic at this one. (If you need motivation, you can invest a couple hours in our recent examination of nuke waste in Texas, and beyond.)

Be There: Texas State Capitol, Extension Auditorium, E1.004, 1400 North Congress, Austin. And bring us back some nibbles.

Posted by gharman on 12/8/2009 5:44:26 PM
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