Wednesday, January 5, 2011
File Under: What the hell is wrong with these people?
A Texas commission on Tuesday approved rules that pave the way for 36 states to export nuclear to a remote landfill along the Texas-New Mexico border.
The 5-2 vote by the Texas Low-Level Radioactive Commission came after last-minute legal maneuvering on Monday failed to delay the meeting, environmentalists warned the dump would pollute groundwater and more than 5,000 people commented on the plan.
“We are certainly very pleased and happy,” CEO Bill Lindquist of Dallas-based Waste Control Specialists told the Associated Press after the vote in Andrews, TX.
The expansion increases the debate over where, and if, nuclear waste can be dumped safely in the U.S., an argument that has taken on fresh importance since President Obama vowed to decrease the nation’s dependence on foreign oil, partly by building more nuclear power plants.