Nuclear waste at Andrews a rare common ground between Democrats and Republicans
ANDREWS, Texas (KOSA) – Last week, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission approved Andrews County as a repository for the country’s high-level nuclear waste.
The only problem?
This decision was strongly opposed by just about everyone in Texas.
A law banning the storage of nuclear waste in Texas was passed by the state legislature earlier this month in a near-unanimous vote in both houses.
Governor Greg Abbott and the state of Texas on Thursday filed a lawsuit against the NRC for violating the law. This trial enjoys broad support from leaders on both sides.
“They have a problem and no one seems to know how to solve it. Now, why on earth would we make their problem, our problem? No! It’s just a wrong answer. We need to solve the problem of long-term storage, but why did we make it ours in the first place? Bad policy. Don’t bring that shit here, ”said Mike Collier, a Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor of Texas.
In a previous interview with CBS7, State Representative Brooks Landgraf hinted that the state was prepared to defend itself should the federal government decide to go ahead with the storage facility.
“If the federal government is to get around the ban we now have in place in Texas on high level radioactive waste, we are going to make it very difficult for them to do so,” said Representative Brooks Landgraf.
The lawsuit asks the United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals to overturn the license issued for the construction of the high-level nuclear waste facility.
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