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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 11, 2010 For more information, CONTACT: Cyrus Reed, 512-477-1729 or 512-740-4086 or see TexasNuclearSafety.org
Good news -- RadioActive Waste Importation Rule Decision Delayed
STATEMENT by Cyrus Reed, Conservation Director for the Lone Star Chapter of the Sierra Club
Last week Sierra Club held a webinar with Rep. Lon Burnam on our concerns about the proposed rule being considered by the Texas Low-Level Radioactive Waste Disposal Compact Commission to open up Texas to imports of low-level radioactive waste to its site in Andrews County, Texas. The day after our radioactive waste importation webinar, the Texas Low Level Radioactive Waste Disposal Compact Commission announced that it would delay consideration of the rule until at least June. This is great news!
The announcement came shortly after a letter signed by 15 members of the Texas Legislature was sent to the Compact Commission. The Commission's interim director sited the need to "consider and respond to" the "more than 2,000 comments" submitted on the proposed rule as a primary reason for the delay. The majority of those comments were generated by the Sierra Club, and many others were generated or submitted by the other groups that helped organize the webinar.
This is an important development as it provides more time for the public and key officials to learn about this issue and weigh in. The Compact Commission only has until August to publish the rule, so we do expect the vote to come in June or July.
A video of the webinar is now available for download at TexasNuclearSafety.org as are the PowerPoint slides. The site will continue to receive updates regularly over the next several weeks as we learn more.
Thank you all again for your interest in this issue.
Feel free to contact Cyrus Reed for more information, 512-477-1729 ofc or 512-740-4086 cell