The GOP primary for governor gained a new fault line after the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), the federal government’s arm overseeing the nation’s nuclear industry, approved a license for the interim storage of high-level radioactive waste at a planned facility in West Texas.
That approval came on Monday, just days after Governor Greg Abbott signed legislation prohibiting such storage in the State of Texas.
On Tuesday, Governor Greg Abbott celebrated the passage of House Bill (HB) 7 and condemned the licensure, tweeting, “The Biden Admin. is trying to dump highly radioactive nuclear waste in west Texas oil fields. I just signed a law to stop it.”
“Texas will not become America’s nuclear waste dumping ground.”