Public Citizen, Sustainable Energy and Economic Development (SEED) Coalition and We Texans are traveling around the state to get the word out to folks in Houston, San Antonio, Austin and Dallas against proposed bills that would allow states to ship nuclear waste to a West Texas low-level radioactive waste disposal facility.
SEED Coalition and Public Citizen believe the danger is the estimated annual 4,600 truckloads of hazardous waste on state roads. Medina is angered over what she’s calling “crony capitalism,” where political donors get political favors.
In this case, she claims, Waste Control Specialists is getting a profitable license but only having to set aside $500,000 to pay for any possible accidents or spills. Medina said that small amount leaves the liability on the backs of Texas taxpayers.
“It’s not free market anymore when you tell a company they’re not liable for the harm their product or service may cause,” she said.
“It’s a very limited revenue stream for Texas. It’s a huge revenue stream for the private contractor and a great liability for Texas taxpayers.”
One of the things Public Citizen is calling for is a state study ratifying whether there is actual additional capacity at the site before opening it up for importation outside of the original compact states.
Concerns were also raised over the increase in nuclear waste traveling on Texas roads. While traffic accidents involving waste are rare, they said more studies need to be done to avoid endangering Texans.
Suddenly, all that waste is going to get packed up and shipped out from power plant facilities, hitting the highways around the nation and it’s all going to end up coming through Texas. We’re going to see a concentration of shipments, and we’re going to see a commiserate concentration of accidents that we’re going to be liable for. Seems like a good deal for WCS but a pretty bad deal for Texans if there is a big accident.