15 Apr '11, 6pm

Billionaire Plans to Build Huge Toxic Waste Dump in Texas

The truly frightening part is the amount of political leverage Simmons has for pushing this through, despite serious concerns from experts. Six out of the seven members of the Texas Radioactive Waste Disposal Compact Commission, which approved the import of nuclear waste from other states, were appointed by Governor Rick Perry, who received $250,000 from Simmons for his campaign in 2008. Christopher Helman of Forbes sums it up best: "It just doesn't look good. Like I said before, properly regulated nuclear dumps are not terrible in and of themselves. But when politically tainted commissions override the concerns of hydrologists willing to quit to make themselves heard, it's probably time for Texans to demand an independent investigation of the true risks of Simmons' nuke dump."

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/files/2011/04/billionaire-plans...

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