The Austin American-Statesman reported on the possibility of radioactive waste being shipped to Texas from 36 other states. Yikes! The proposed site is near the Midland/Odessa area in Andrews County.
A commission run jointly by Texas and Vermont, with a membership made up mostly of Gov. Rick Perry’s appointees, could decide this summer to make Texas the potential resting place for radioactive waste from 36 states.
The decision would benefit a single company, Waste Control Specialists, which is owned by one of Perry’s chief donors and has assembled an impressive lobbying roster.
The Low-Level Radioactive Waste Disposal Compact Commission will meet, probably next month, to decide whether Texas can import radioactive waste from outside Texas and Vermont. In a political and geographical peculiarity, the two states are the sole members of the compact, which grew out of federal laws encouraging agreements between states to dispose of the low-level waste.
It will eventually have to go somewhere and supposedly it is “safe” for the surrounding areas – uh, really? – but I am glad it is not being shipped to Webb County… or is it? It isn’t, it isn’t – yet. You just never know what proposal will pop up next.