June 4, 2010:
Tax Coal? Ways and Means Committee Looks at All Tax Exemptions
With an upcoming two-year budget deficit speculated to be around $18 billion – and only about $9 billion expected in the “Rainy Day” Fund – the Texas House Ways and Means Committee is spending the summer examining every franchise tax, severance tax, and other tax exemption enjoyed by various industries. On May 25, they set their sights on Texas’s coal industry and other minerals extracted from the ground, among literally dozens of existing exemptions. Unlike most major coal-producing states, Texas has never placed a tax on either the processing of coal or its extraction from the ground. The Lone Star Chapter of the Sierra Club has long advocated such
a tax. Read the full story...
Will Texas become the nuclear waste option for the country?
The eight-member Texas
Low-Level Radioactive Waste Disposal Compact Commission is set to meet June 12 in Andrews. It will consider public comments on the proposed
Commission rule entitled “Exportation and Importation
of Waste.” Under the proposed rule, the Commission would consider on a case-by-case basis whether or not to allow:
The Compact Commission
has already announced that it will not act on the rule
on June 12. It is holding the meeting to hear input from
public officials and potential stakeholders and consider
changes to the proposed rule. A final
decision on the rule would be made later this summer, potentially
at a meeting in July, according to Compact officials. Read the full story...
1. Exports of low-level radioactive waste from Texas to other states;
2. Imports of low-level radioactive waste from other states into
Texas into the proposed low-level radioactive waste
site in Andrews County, to be operated by the private company
Waste Control Specialists.
Sierra Club, Earthjustice Call on EPA to Help Clean the Air
The Sierra Club and Earthjustice this week called on the
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to take stronger
steps against air pollution in Texas due to repeated failures
of Governor Perry’s Administration to enforce the Clean Air
Act in Texas. The groups filed a notice of intent (NOI) to sue
the EPA if the federal agency fails to implement more
protective clean air measures. Read
the full story...
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