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March 2, 2000 - BUSH ROMANCES THE ATOM IN TEXAS

Failed Plan to Make Texas a National Radioactive Waste Dump
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Austin....Contrary to his public statements, Governor George W. Bush worked behind the scenes to allow the import of nuclear waste from all over the United States into the state of Texas, according to documents released today by Texas Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (Texas PEER).

Plans to build an atomic waste dump on the Mexican border in the little town of Sierra Blanca ultimately collapsed under the weight of both local and international opposition despite extensive personal efforts by Gov. Bush to ensure not only that the disposal facility be built but that it service the entire nation's nuclear power industry:

* Bush personally lobbied members of Congress in 1998 to remove an amendment limiting wastes which could be imported into Texas;

* As he was lobbying against the amendment, Bush issued public statements and assured Mexican government officials that he favored the amendment; and

* After the Sierra Blanca site fell through, Bush supporters tried to deregulate traffic of " radwaste" into Texas by licensing private companies to establish their own nuclear dumps.

"‘Oh what a tangled web we weave' perfectly describes Bush nuclear policy," commented Texas PEER Coordinator Erin Rogers. "This is a textbook case of business boosterism driving the public policy agenda."





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