Judge Orders Hearing on Nuclear Waste Dump

Decision won't affect dump operations during state appeals

By Will Weissert
|  Wednesday, May 9, 2012  |  Updated 6:54 AM CDT
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Judge Orders Hearing on Nuclear Waste Dump

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A judge has ruled the state's environmental agency should have held a hearing about potential harm to residents prior to licensing a West Texas radioactive waste dump.

The dump began receiving low-level nuclear waste last month near the New Mexico state line. It is controlled by a company whose majority owner is top Republican contributor Harold Simmons.

State district Judge Lora Livingston ruled Tuesday that the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality should have granted a hearing before licensing the dump. The proceeding would have allowed two residents to raise concerns about possible contamination to air and water in the area.

She ordered a hearing be held. But the dump's owner, Waste Control Specialists LLC, said the decision won't affect operations at the dump site while the state of Texas appeals.

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