March 25th – Still the bill of the day!
HB 2184 – BAD and moving forward
HB 2184, by Representative Tyron Lewis (R-Odessa) 512-463-0546, relates to the disposition of low-level radioactive waste. This bill is moving forward and we expect it to move out of committee on Wednesday, March 30th. At a minimum, Public Citizen believes the following should be included in the bill:
- The bill needs to require a capacity study before any changes to the compact is made. The TCEQ has submitted a letter that indicates there are good reasons to believe the need will exceed the capacity within a few years.
- The bill should also include a requirement that TCEQ should do a certification prior to import of any waste.
This bill is currently pending in the House State Affairs Committee. If you are concerned about this issue you should call the members of the committee before next Wednesday and tell them you are concerned about this bill and that, at a minimum they should:
- require a capacity study.
- require TCEQ to do a certification prior to import of any waste.
Your calls will be important in making sure whatever legislation is passed takes the health and well-being of Texas into consideration in how Texas accepts and stores low-level radioactive waste. Click here if you want to read a copy of the bill.
See our earlier blogs on the low level radioactive waste dump and the Compact Commission:
- Dumping on Texas for Fun and Profit
- Don’t you pour radioactive waste on my blue suede shoes
- VOTE on Radioactive Waste – We Got Screwed
- Correction and Update: VOTE on Radioactive Waste NOT Halted
- Judge orders halt to Compact Commission meeting: did opponents of expansion of waste dump just win?
- Texas’ proposed rule to accept radioactive waste from many other states concerns Vermont
- STOP TEXAS FROM BECOMING THE NATION’S RADIOACTIVE WASTE DUMP!