Landgraf files bill opposing high-level nuclear waste storage

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AUSTIN, Texas (Nexstar) – State Rep. Brooks Landgraf has filed a bill opposing the storage of high-level nuclear waste in Andrews.  

The discussion to store high-level waste near Andrews has been ongoing for years, however, Landgraf’s bill would be another step in ending that discussion. Low-level nuclear waste is already stored in Andrews County.  

“Texas will not be a dumping ground for the rest of the country,” the representative said in a statement Thursday. “Passing HB 2692 will ensure that high-level radioactive waste is kept out of the oil patch and out of West Texas.” 

The U.S. Regulatory Commission is currently considering an application to allow high-level storage in Andrews County. An application some residents have been fiercely fighting against.  

Landgraf’s bill would not only ban the high-level waste but also calls for the facility storing low-level waste to provide economic benefits to the county.  

“My constituents are on board with low-level storage, as used rubber gloves and hospital gowns provide little reason for concern,” Landgraf’s statement reads. “But high-level radioactive waste, like spent nuclear fuel, is a horse of an entirely different color. I filed HB 2692 for those who live and work in Andrews and the Permian Basin, and for all Texans, so that highly radioactive is not brought to or disposed of in our West Texas communities.” 

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April 22 2021 09:00 am