Craddick: House bill concerning high-level nuclear waste in Texas will not move forward

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AUSTIN (Nexstar)- Speaker Tom Craddick called a Point of Order Wednesday concerning Representative Brooks Landgraf’s HB 2692, a bill aimed at banning high level radioactive waste in Texas.

Craddick said in a news release Thursday the decision over whether Texas is a viable storage site for high level radioactive waste is reserved for the federal government.

He also said the proposed legislation was really was a “tax and fee reduction for Waste Control Specialists” and allowed for certain types of radioactive waste to be transported and stored without containerization. It also would have eliminated many of the contract requirements for the permit holder and opened the “floodgates for uncontrolled amounts of radioactive waste” in Texas.

“Walking back on a promise to the Permian Basin is not an option,” Craddick said.

To that end, the bill is no longer eligible for consideration at this time and Landgraf said he would not be pursuing the legislation further during the 87th Legislative Session.

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