January 4th, 2011
Public advocacy groups say that Texas’ push to allow a nuclear waste dump to accept radioactive material from across the United States is ignoring thousands of citizens who have raised concerns about the West Texas facility.
Yesterday, a federal judge cleared a major obstacle for the dump by voiding a temporary restraining order issued last week by a state court. With the restraining order removed, the Texas Low Level Radioactive Waste Disposal Compact Commission (TLLRWDCC) is free to vote on a plan to allow the waste dump near Andrews, Texas to take in low-level radioactive waste from dozens of states.
Many expect the commission, whose members have been appointed by Gov. Rick Perry, will allow the dump to expand its operations. Currently, the facility, which is owned by Dallas billionaire Harold Simmons, a major contributor to Perry, is only allowed to take in radioactive waste from Vermont and Texas.