Judge puts the brakes on radio-active waste headed for West TX - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

Judge puts the brakes on radio-active waste headed for West TX

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By James Clark | email  

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) – On Thursday a judge in Austin temporarily stopped plans for radio-active waste from 36 states being shipped to a disposal site in West Texas.  The judge cited problems with accepting public comments by email pertaining to proposed new rules for the storage of low-level nuclear waste.

On Wednesday a group called Promote Andrews said it would sue a state commission to stop the movement of radio-active waste.  However, the temporary restraining order actually comes from a different lawsuit; Public Citizen Inc and Texas Civil Rights Project Vs Texas Low Level Radioactive Waste Disposal Compact Commission.

The order prevents the Commission from voting on January 4th to allow the out-of-state waste.  If approved the rules would allow the out-of-state nuclear material to be disposed by Waste Control Specialists in Andrews County, within a two-hour drive of Lubbock.

Just one day before the restraining order the Commission acknowledged a problem with the email address but said the problem was handled quickly as soon as it was brought to the Commission's attention. 

The public comment period ran from the first week of November through December 26th.  The temporary restraining order expires on January 13th, at which time the executive Director Margaret Henderson is ordered to appear in court.

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