Radioactive waste bill passes House

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Updated: 5/22/2013 9:17 pm
The radioactive waste bill that was shot down on Monday, then resurrected Tuesday, passed the House on Wednesday. 

San Angelo Representative Drew Darby resurrected the measure Tuesday after it was derailed due to a parliamentary error. The bill makes it possible for states to send more concentrated waste into Andrews County nuclear dump facility starting in 2015. 

State Senator Kel Seliger authored that bill and represents Andrews County. He said most of the waste that goes to waste control specialist comes from experimental radioactive work at hospitals and medical schools. 

"We support the most stringent environmental monitoring and corrective action if necessary," Seliger said. "At the same time, this is a viable business that meets a very important need."

Some state reps, like Fort Worth's Lon Burnam, oppose the measure, concerned that the waste will contaminate the Ogallala Aquifer. There is also concern that the routing of trucks hauling the nuclear waste is not defined. That waste could very well come through Lubbock on the way to the Andrews site. 
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