Nuke bill raises opposition from environmentalists

April 16, 2013 • Business

FILE – In this Oct. 14, 2009, photo provided by Waste Control Specialists, canisters filled with uranium byproduct waste are placed into a burial pit at at Waste Control Specialists near Andrews, Texas. People living nearest to the site would be barred from challenging license amendments sought by the company operating the facility under a Senate bill that could be voted on as early as Wednesday, April 17, 2013. The bill also encourages compact members Texas and Vermont to send their low-level waste elsewhere and seeks to prohibit public hearings or comment on some amendments to the company’s license. (AP Photo/Waste Control Specialists, File)

LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — The Texas Senate is preparing to vote on a bill that seeks to narrow the number of possible challenges — and challengers — to operations at a West Texas radioactive waste dump.

The bill from Sen. Kel Seliger, R-Amarillo, could be voted on as early as Wednesday. A similar bill has been filed in the House.

Seliger’s bill includes a provision that would bar challenges to the operations from anyone outside the state, which would apply to many people living closest to the dump site but across the state line in New Mexico.

It also would limit or end public hearings and comment Login to read more

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