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Texas Bill prevented – one that would have ”opened the floodgates for uncontrolled amounts of radioactive waste”

Craddick kills Landgraf’s nuclear waste bill,

 Stewart Doreen, MRT.com/Midland Reporter-Telegram, May 6, 2021 A point of order by state Rep. Tom Craddick ultimately killed Brooks Landgraf’s radioactive nuclear waste bill.

Craddick reported late Wednesday night that Landgraf, a state representative from Odessa, told Craddick that he will not pursue this legislation further during the 87th Legislature. 

“(Wednesday), in the interest of the Permian Basin and House District 82, I called a point of order on House Bill 2692 by Rep. Brooks Landgraf”, Craddick stated in a press release. “The point of order was well taken and sustained by the speaker of the House. This legislation would have not added the protections needed to prevent a high-level radioactive waste ban in Texas.”

 Landgraf co-authored the bill that he said would ban the storage and disposal of high-level nuclear waste away from civilian nuclear power plants or university research reactors in Texas. Craddick wrote Wednesday night the bill was filed “with the guise of banning high level radioactive waste.  However, the decision as to whether Texas is a viable storage site for high level radioactive waste is reserved to the federal government.

The bill has been a struggle for Landgraf and its backers in Andrews County. Last week, the Republican Party of Texas called HB 2692 – a “BAD BILL” on its official party Twitter account. Previously, Craddick of Midland and Tommy Taylor of Fasken Oil and Ranch publicly opposed the passage of the legislation.

Craddick added that Landgraf’s bill was “a tax and fee reduction for Waste Control Specialists.  In addition, it allowed for Class A Radioactive waste to be transported and stored without containerization. It eliminated many of the contract requirements for the permit holder and opened the floodgates for uncontrolled amounts of radioactive waste in Texas.”

“When the low-level radioactive waste site in Andrews County was passed in prior legislative sessions these were all important elements to its passage.  Craddick said, “Walking back on a promise to the Permian Basin is not an option.”

House Bill 2692 is not eligible for further consideration at this time, Craddick wrote.

It was the second-straight session that Craddick, the dean of Texas House members, used a point of order to kill a Landgraf-led item. In 2019, Craddick used the measure to kill House Bill 2154 — “enabling legislation” to House Joint Resolution 82, the so-called GROW Fund — because Landgraf had changed the bill to include agencies and “stuff we told people we wouldn’t do,” Craddick said at the time.   AT TP   https://www.mrt.com/business/energy/article/Craddick-kills-Landgraf-s-nuclear-waste-bill-16156948.php

May 8, 2021 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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