Radioactive Waste Report

Texas – A state report is recommending that Texas legislators clarify the funding method for a commission that oversees low-level radioactive waste disposal in Texas.

The recently released Sunset Advisory Commission report says legislators need to establish a dedicated fund so that the low-level compact panel has money to operate. Currently, the Texas Low-Level Radioactive Waste Disposal Compact Commission and its eight members are reimbursed for expenses through a contract with the state's environmental regulatory agency.

The compact commission earlier this month voted to publish rules that if adopted will be used to consider on a case-by-case basis low-level waste from 36 other states that would be buried at a privately run facility in West Texas near the New Mexico border.

The compact commission is not a state agency.

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