Texas radioactive waste bill killed for error

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Associated Press

Posted on May 21, 2013 at 9:32 AM

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A bill that would have dramatically changed the rules for a radioactive waste dump died in the Legislature because of a parliamentary error.

Fort Worth Democrat Lon Burnam called the point of order Monday night, derailing it.

The measure would have allowed a West Texas nuclear waste facility to import materials with greater radioactivity from other states, while encouraging Texas companies to export lower-level materials. The facility in Anderson County was originally intended to only accept materials from Texas and Vermont.

Waste Control Specialists manages the facility and says it needs the changes to make the site profitable. The company's owner Harold Simmons is one of the state's largest political donors to Republican politicians. It was not clear if the bill could be attached to other legislation.

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