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Dumping on Texas
April 1,2011
BURY HB 2184!

How do you feel about letting a private company profit from importing nuclear waste into Texas while Texas accepts ownership and liability for that waste and any future contamination clean up?

We think it's the worst form of crony capitalism.  But HB 2184 would do just that.  The bill has passed out of the House State Affairs committee.  An outpouring from the grassroots to members of the Calendars Committee could help bury the bill.  Will you make that call today? 

In 2003, the state of Texas issues a license to a single private entity, Waste Control Specialists to begin to dispose of nuclear waste in Texas.  Waste Control Specialists is owned by influential political donor Harold Simmons.  The company has been licensed to accept nuclear waste from the state of Vermont under a compact agreement with and obligations to that state.  The company profits from the waste disposal but the state of Texas accepts ownership of the waste and any future contamination or clean up.  In an effort to insure volume and profitability for the private concern, the state also provided a license to accept U.S. Department of Energy waste which the federal government accepts ownership and liability for.

According to the fiscal note attached to the 2003 bill, the company was to begin accepting waste in 2009.  But before they've demonstrated they can meet even those early obligations (They've not yet accepted any nuclear waste for disposal), state lawmakers seem concerned about profits for the company and revenue for the state of Texas.  HB 2184 is captioned, "Relating to the identification, modification, generation, and enhancement of new and existing state revenue streams from certain new and existing programs, processes, and procedures involving the state's policy in regard to the disposition of certain low-level radioactive waste and in protection of the general health, safety, and welfare of the state's citizens, including the prohibition on importation of waste of international origin and the establishment of certain fees and limits on waste disposal to maximize state revenue."  The bill would allow for importation of waste from any state within the U.S.   And despite the caption's stating that importation of international waste would be prohibited, the Sierra Club has raised concern that the definition is so loose, other states might re-package international waste and then ship it here to Texas.  The state of Texas still assuming ownership and liability for the waste.

capitol 2Every time I make a trip to the Capitol, I'm confronted with the enormity of the task before us.  Powerful, influential and moneyed interests swarm the halls daily lobbying for special favors, many at the expense of the Texas taxpayer.  From sweetheart road deals to sweetheart nuclear deals.  We're working hard to identify and stop these pieces of bad legislation.  We achieved a great victory this week as we continue to receive word that the Texas version of Obamacare, HB 636, is dead.  That's due in large part to your efforts!  We must have the resources to continue this battle effectively.  Can you contribute $10 or $20 dollars today to help?  Your financial support would be greatly appreciated.


For Freedom,
Debra Medina



Under HB 2184 Waste Control Specialists and its owner Harold Simmons profit while We Texans pick up the tab.  That's bad for Texas!  Call members of the House Calendars Committee today and tell them, "Bury HB 2184 and not more nuclear waste in Texas".

Rep. Todd Hunter (Chairman)(512)463-0672

Rep. Dennis Bonnen (Vice)


Rep. Dan Branch (512)463-0367

Rep. Garnet Coleman (512)463-0524

Rep. Byron Cook (512)463-0730

Rep. Charlie Geren (512)463-0610

Rep. Jim Keffer (512)463-0656

Rep. Tracy O. King (512)463-0194

Rep. Lois W. Kolkhorst (512)463-0600

Rep. Eddie Lucio III

(512) 463-0606

Rep. Allan Ritter

(512) 463-0706

Rep. Eddie Rodriguez

(512) 463-0674

Rep. Burt R. Solomons

(512) 463-0478

Rep. Vicki Truitt

(512) 463-0690

Rep. John Zerwas (512)463-0657

Tel: (512) 663-8401

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