AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A Republican lawmaker resurrected a radioactive waste bill on Tuesday that once signed into law would allow a West Texas storage site to accept more hazardous materials from out of state.
The measure allows the Waste Control Specialists’ nuclear waste facility to import materials with greater radioactivity from other states. The proposed law also encourages Texas companies to export lower-level waste. Originally, the facility was only intended to accept materials from Texas and Vermont, but lawmakers have expanded what materials it can accept.
Waste Control Specialists says it needs the changes to make the site profitable. The company’s owner, Harold Simmons, is one of the state’s largest political donors to Republican politicians.
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