Harold Simmons One Step Closer to Getting What He Wants: Everyone's Nuclear Waste

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Annette and Harold Simmons
At the end of last year we spent quite a bit of time following Nuke Free Texas' efforts to stop  Governor Rick Perry's appointees on the Texas Low Level Radioactive Waste Disposal Compact Commission from giving Waste Control Specialists the thumbs-up to bury nuclear waste out in West Texas that didn't belong to either Texas or Vermont. Because, see, that was the original deal -- Vermont and Texas and only Vermont and Texas. Till, that is, Dallas billionaire and Swift Boat captain Harold Simmons, owner of Waste Control Specialists, decided he'd make it come-one-come-all and began spreading the wealth, giving $500,000 to Perry last year alone, while hoping for a big ol' return on that investment.

He's been trying to get the OK for years, and yesterday, Simmons got a little closer to his goal: The House OK'd state Rep. Tryon Lewis' bill that paves the way for allowing WCS to take in all the nuke waste it can get its hands on, without being subjected to regulatory rates set by the state. Some pols tried to amend the bill -- hoping to get a bigger financial cut for the state, which will ultimately be on the hook should something go bad out in Andrews County, and wanting to study the environmental impact, especially as that nuke waste is trucked through Texas -- but it was a no-go. Said Fort Worth's Lon Burnham, the result is "the biggest pork-barrel project in history."

Last night, a statement from Cyrus Reed, the conservation director for the Lone Star Chapter of the Sierra Club, landed in the Unfair Park in-box. His takeaway: The bill "will effectively turn Texas into the nation's radioactive waste disposal site" and "at the end of the day, the profits of one company -- Waste Control Specialists -- won out over common sense and the health and safety of Texans." The full release follows. Jump, and never mind those leaking yellow barrels.
Statement of Cyrus Reed, Conservation Director, Lone Star Chapter, Sierra Club, on Initial House Passage of the Radioactive Waste Importation Bill (SB 1504)

"Today the Texas House gave initial approval to Senate Bill 1504, which would fundamentally change our state's obligations to dispose of low-level radioactive waste from the Texas Compact -- Texas and Vermont -- by opening up the site in Andrews County to imports from other states. This legislation, if finally passed, will effectively turn Texas into the nation's radioactive waste disposal site. While the bill's authors, Sen. Kel Seliger and Rep. Trey Lewis, added several good provisions, the bill will help one company earn record profits from radioactive waste disposal while Texas taxpayers bear the liability and future clean-up of the site. The good provisions added to the originally filed bill include a review of financial assurance, a study of the capacity of the site to take wastes from more states than just Texas and Vermont, and a change advocated by Sierra Club to require the operator to obtain a license amendment before waste imports may begin.

"Despite other good amendments proposed on the House floor today - an amendment by Rep. Harvey Hildebran on a review of the surcharge on out-of-compact wastes and a cap on profits, an amendment by Rep. Pete Gallego to study the transportation impacts of the imported waste, and an amendment by Rep. Jose Menendez to require the capacity study before any waste imports could occur - the author and a majority of House members refused to improve the bill with those proposed changes. At the end of the day, the profits of one company - Waste Control Specialists - won out over common sense and the health and safety of Texans."

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Looking 4 Texans With Pride
Looking 4 Texans With Pride

What is clear is that Mr. Simmons has proven to be particularly adept at corrupting political participants for economic gain. It's quite sad that the citizens of Texas are such weak minded f*cktards that you collectively refuse to even bother protecting the state from being sh*t on by a guy like this.

Tell me Texas, what do you think is going to happen to your property values when the inevitable disaster occurs?

If this comes to pass, hopefully Simmons, Bush, Wyly, Rove, Perry, and the rest of these locust eating f*cks live long enough to be personally affected by the fallout.

MattL1
MattL1

Does it make me a bad person to have this thought in the back of my mind?  "Well, the stuff's gotta go somewhere, and I suppose Andrews County is as good a place as any.  Nuclear waste can only enhance the scenic beauty of West Texas."

Haretip
Haretip

 Yeah, Andrews is a desert with nobody and nothing and always has been. Wait, except that time when it was part of the Permian Sea. And if there is any kind of disaster, we can relocate the 200-300k people that live in the general vicinity. Good thing there are no important resources out there. Oh sure, there's that 20% of domestic oil production, but the President will have us weaned off all that oil by the end of his next term. West Texas is ugly and useless. Let's nuke the place.

MattL1
MattL1

Relax, it's just an off-the-cuff thought with which I do not agree.  Though West Texas is ugly.  There's no disputing that.  Basically, chill.

Haretip
Haretip

 No biggie. I am sitting here about 40 miles from the dump. The coverage here is abysmal and nobody seems to really care. They bringing moneys along with they nukular waste! Salvation! The big chickendick on the local site jumped my ass for posting on the wrong subforum.

Oak Cliff Townie
Oak Cliff Townie

So the state will be On the Hook should something go bad out in Andrews County,

How much will it cost to tell folks RUN ! But at least Texas can serve as a training ground on how to prevent the next event .

On the other hand  the best way to solve a problem is to prevent it from happening in the first place .

That's not going to happen with this bunch !

QUOTE from the Future........." What we have here is an UNFORESEEN  Disaster  (Who in their  wildest dreams thought  this  would happen ?)  Now is not the time to play the  blame Game .( Someone did know and tried to tell us We didn't listen then and we Dang sure don't want to hear about it now.)"

Private Quote inside the storage area " Its not like they can see the radiation so who says we need to tell them any thing ?"

Montemalone
Montemalone

But at least Perry kept us safe from the evils of Gay marriage. 

Casual Observer
Casual Observer

Just another sweetheart deal for one of Rick Perry's buddies.  Why did you folks vote for him? 

Augie
Augie

 Its not really a question of if there is a failure, but when.  Likely old Monty is dead by then, so he doesn't give a rat's ass.  Better get out to see the Davis Mountains and big bend before it is whorred out by Perry and his gang of thieves. 

Augie
Augie

 Well, my bad.  Looks to be almost due north of Odessa...I seriously doubt there are mountains out there.  

Darrd2010
Darrd2010

Everyone needs to contact your senator/congressperson and tell them that if they vote for this that they are caving in to 'whoreish behavior' by following Rick Perry. Then end it with,  'you just lost my vote and I will work to make sure that you lose in the next election.' You might be surprised at the reaction.

Downtown Resident
Downtown Resident

 Maybe we'll luck out and simmons will die of old age and vileness before this comes to pass.

Dallas Diner
Dallas Diner

 This makes me so proud I could almost glow in the dark!

I.M Broke
I.M Broke

I tyhink the lesson here is ,if you need a law passed or if you wnat to bury nuclear waste buried in Texas, pay Perry. What won't he do for money? 

Montemalone
Montemalone

 He won't do what's right for the state and its inhabitants, that's for sure.

MattL1
MattL1

 I'm not sure there's anything he wouldn't do, but let's not venture down that particular rabbit hole.  I don't like where it might lead.

john
john

It leads to him running for president.

cynical old bastard
cynical old bastard

Governor Rick Perry has paved the way for Montgomery Burns to make even more money at the expense of the people of Springfield.  Egg-cellent. 

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