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Fri Feb 19, 2016, 11:20 AM

 

Why Did Bernie Sanders Sponsor a Bill to Dump Nuclear Waste On a Low-Income Latino Community?

There were many fine moments from Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton during Thursday’s debate. One of the most important, in my opinion, was when Bernie said the reaction to the water crisis in Flint, Michigan, would be different if it had occurred in a white suburb. He also said he suspected Hillary agreed with him. Indeed, Hillary has taken the lead on drawing attention to the Flint water crisis.

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Take, for example, the bill he co-sponsored and ushered through Congress to allow Vermont and Maine to dump low-level nuclear waste at a site in Sierra Blanca, Texas. Sierra Blanca is home to a large Latino population with an average income of $8,000. Last year, Politifact called the assertion that Bernie “cosponsored the bill and actively ushered it through Congress” largely accurate.

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According to the Texas Observer, when activists confronted Bernie about sponsoring the bill, he reportedly told them: “My position is unchanged, and you’re not gonna like it.” When asked if he would visit the site in Sierra Blanca, he said, “Absolutely not. I’m gonna be running for re-election in the state of Vermont.”

Bernie claimed to be supporting the bill because the Texas site was supposedly a safer place to dump such waste than Vermont or Maine, but it’s hard to separate the demographics of this poor Latino community from the issue.


http://bluenationreview.com/bernie-pushed-to-dump-nuclear-waste-on-low-income-community/

https://www.linkedin.com/in/jane-o-meara-sanders-a4a6741b


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Reply Why Did Bernie Sanders Sponsor a Bill to Dump Nuclear Waste On a Low-Income Latino Community? (Original post)
NCTraveler Feb 2016 OP
cali Feb 2016 #1
NCTraveler Feb 2016 #3
pandr32 Feb 2016 #4
jeff47 Feb 2016 #9
pandr32 Feb 2016 #35
GreatGazoo Feb 2016 #16
TheBlackAdder Feb 2016 #34
Jarqui Feb 2016 #2
NCTraveler Feb 2016 #7
Jarqui Feb 2016 #12
Ned_Devine Feb 2016 #31
cannabis_flower Feb 2016 #5
ericson00 Feb 2016 #6
cannabis_flower Feb 2016 #20
jeff47 Feb 2016 #8
libtodeath Feb 2016 #10
NCTraveler Feb 2016 #11
GreatGazoo Feb 2016 #13
NCTraveler Feb 2016 #14
GreatGazoo Feb 2016 #17
NCTraveler Feb 2016 #19
pandr32 Feb 2016 #43
GreatGazoo Feb 2016 #54
Arazi Feb 2016 #15
NCTraveler Feb 2016 #22
Arazi Feb 2016 #24
Fla Dem Feb 2016 #38
NCTraveler Feb 2016 #42
pandr32 Feb 2016 #45
LondonReign2 Feb 2016 #18
TexasBushwhacker Feb 2016 #21
Z_California Feb 2016 #23
pandr32 Feb 2016 #46
Lucinda Feb 2016 #25
eomer Feb 2016 #26
Jester Messiah Feb 2016 #27
TheFarS1de Feb 2016 #28
NurseJackie Feb 2016 #29
pandr32 Feb 2016 #48
Blue_In_AK Feb 2016 #30
frylock Feb 2016 #32
d_legendary1 Feb 2016 #33
pandr32 Feb 2016 #49
d_legendary1 Feb 2016 #57
xocet Feb 2016 #36
seaglass Feb 2016 #37
JustAnotherGen Feb 2016 #39
beam me up scottie Feb 2016 #40
DisgustipatedinCA Feb 2016 #41
pandr32 Feb 2016 #50
DisgustipatedinCA Feb 2016 #51
fleabiscuit Feb 2016 #44
Fearless Feb 2016 #47
Odin2005 Feb 2016 #52
Katashi_itto Feb 2016 #53
krawhitham Feb 2016 #55
ucrdem Feb 2016 #56

Response to NCTraveler (Original post)

Fri Feb 19, 2016, 11:22 AM

1. BNR is a sleazy brock propaganda and slime producing site.

 

It's disgusting.

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Response to cali (Reply #1)

Fri Feb 19, 2016, 11:27 AM

3. A failed investigation by right winger Rep. Conaway was used here to attack Gutierrez.

 

It was literally called "opposition research".

You were one hundred percent in support of that OP. Why the issue here?

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Response to cali (Reply #1)

Fri Feb 19, 2016, 11:28 AM

4. So, what of the claim?


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Response to pandr32 (Reply #4)

Fri Feb 19, 2016, 11:37 AM

9. Would you believe a Fox News claim about Clinton at face value?

No? Well then, why should we believe this one at face value?

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Response to jeff47 (Reply #9)

Fri Feb 19, 2016, 03:04 PM

35. Not only is the claim true, Jane Sanders sat on the Board

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Response to pandr32 (Reply #4)

Fri Feb 19, 2016, 11:47 AM

16. Barton (R) was the bill's Sponsor and Bill Clinton signed it into law in 1998

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Response to cali (Reply #1)

Fri Feb 19, 2016, 01:27 PM

34. The dump site that opened 6-8 years earlier, touted as akin to a Yucca mountain type place? nt

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Response to NCTraveler (Original post)

Fri Feb 19, 2016, 11:26 AM

2. BlueNationReview is a Clinton propaganda website run by the

self-admitted GOP liar and destroyer of reputations, David Brock.

His purpose is to smear candidates.

Why should we bother to respond to anything this dishonest asshole has to tell us?
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blue_Nation_Review

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Response to Jarqui (Reply #2)

Fri Feb 19, 2016, 11:35 AM

7. "Why should we bother to respond to anything this dishonest asshole has to tell us? "

 

I never asked you to respond. Thanks for the response.

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Response to NCTraveler (Reply #7)

Fri Feb 19, 2016, 11:43 AM

12. Oh, my mistake. I thought we were on a forum discussing Democratic politics

and when you post something, the design of the software suggests an invitation for people to read and comment.

When someone posts something that is highly suspect in nature from the lowest slime in American politics right along Karl Rove et al, we should do our democratic duty and speak out.

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Response to NCTraveler (Reply #7)

Fri Feb 19, 2016, 12:33 PM

31. Actually, that's exactly what the OP asks for is a response. Are you that forgetful?

 

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Response to NCTraveler (Original post)

Fri Feb 19, 2016, 11:30 AM

5. Sierra Blanca, TX

has 553 people. Even if it's 100% Latino it isn't a large Latino community.

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Response to NCTraveler (Original post)

Fri Feb 19, 2016, 11:30 AM

6. I hope Nevadans remember this when they caucus;

 

especially since Bernie claims to be such an environmentalist.

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Response to ericson00 (Reply #6)

Fri Feb 19, 2016, 11:58 AM

20. This is a very sparsely populated

area. The town of Sierra Blanca has 553 people.

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Response to NCTraveler (Original post)

Fri Feb 19, 2016, 11:35 AM

8. Hey Look! It's David Brock's paper!!

I'm sure every article it produces is entirely balanced and never has any skew whatsoever. Just like Fox News.

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Response to NCTraveler (Original post)

Fri Feb 19, 2016, 11:38 AM

10. What the hell does "largely accurate" mean?

Is it or is it not?

Wait a minute,this is a Clinton way of defining truth isn't it?

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Response to libtodeath (Reply #10)

Fri Feb 19, 2016, 11:40 AM

11. I wasn't aware politifact was owned by Clinton.

 

One learns something new here everyday.

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Response to NCTraveler (Original post)

Fri Feb 19, 2016, 11:43 AM

13. One guess who signed that Bill into law in 1998....

To bury gloves and metal scraps in a containment site:

https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/105/hr629

Says Barton sponsored the Bill.

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Response to GreatGazoo (Reply #13)

Fri Feb 19, 2016, 11:44 AM

14. It's a move you support? nt.

 

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Response to NCTraveler (Reply #14)

Fri Feb 19, 2016, 11:48 AM

17. what happened to your bogus claim that it was Sanders' bill ?

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Response to GreatGazoo (Reply #17)

Fri Feb 19, 2016, 11:52 AM

19. You just made an attempt to deflect.

 

Any claim I made is backed up by your link.

Cosponsor

Sanders, Bernard “Bernie” [I-VT0]

(joined Feb 6, 1997)


That is at the link you just provided.

So you agree with Clinton on this one? You are the one who brought Clinton into it for some reason without discussing your own thoughts.

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Response to GreatGazoo (Reply #13)

Fri Feb 19, 2016, 06:17 PM

43. Jane Sanders sat on the Texas Low Level Radioactive Waste Disposal Commission

And concerned members of the town, Sierra Blanca traveled to Vermont. Sanders was very involved and George Bush was governor of Texas at the time.

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Response to pandr32 (Reply #43)

Fri Feb 19, 2016, 09:31 PM

54. All of which equates to zero scandal

or am I missing something?

It was to be a containment facility in an area that has little to no seismic activity but in the end no low level nuke waste was ever sent to Sierra Blanca.


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Response to NCTraveler (Original post)

Fri Feb 19, 2016, 11:47 AM

15. You do realize Bill Clinton signed the bill opening the site to toxic waste right?

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Response to Arazi (Reply #15)

Fri Feb 19, 2016, 12:02 PM

22. So you support it.

 

I have never claimed the Clintons remind me of some other carpenter in the past. Maybe that is why I don't get this type of deflection.

I'm guessing from your reply that Clinton signed it so you support it. Not sure how else to take that.

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Response to NCTraveler (Reply #22)

Fri Feb 19, 2016, 12:16 PM

24. It was already a waste site. The town had 534 residents

the other sponsor was a TX rep fyi. Obviously a Dem president had already approved the site so exactly what did you think Sanders was going to do?

The waste has to go somewhere. That's simply a fact. NIMBY is uncomfortable but you had a TX state rep and a sitting Dem president ok with this too.

Sorry but you're really reaching (and re-hashing and re-hashing and...)

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Response to Arazi (Reply #24)

Fri Feb 19, 2016, 05:48 PM

38. Yep his position was "not in my backyard" shipped his (Vt) waste near a Tx town of Hispanics.

What a great guy. And his wife was on the Texas Low-Level Radioactive Waste Disposal Compact Commission. So in addition a bit of conflict of interest.

POWERS & POLICY
The Texas Low-Level Radioactive Waste Disposal Compact Commission and its members have the powers and duties prescribed by the compact and the members of the commission are responsible for administering the provisions of the compact. Texas and Vermont are party states of the Compact.

The party states recognize a responsibility for each state to seek to manage low-level radioactive waste generated within its boundaries, pursuant to the Low-Level Radioactive Waste Policy Act, as amended by the Low-Level Radioactive Waste Policy Amendments Act of 1985 (42 U.S.C. Sections 2021b-2021j). They also recognize that the United States Congress, by enacting the Act, has authorized and encouraged states to enter into compacts for the efficient management and disposal of low-level radioactive waste. It is the policy of the party states to cooperate in the protection of the health, safety, and welfare of their citizens and the environment and to provide for and encourage the economical management and disposal of low-level radioactive waste. It is the purpose of this compact to provide the framework for such a cooperative effort; to promote the health, safety, and welfare of the citizens and the environment of the party states; to limit the number of facilities needed to effectively, efficiently, and economically manage low-level radioactive waste and to encourage the reduction of the generation thereof; and to distribute the costs, benefits, and obligations among the party states; all in accordance with the terms of the compact.

COMMISSIONERS
Brandon T. Hurley, Chair, TX, term expiring August 31, 2019

Peter Bradford, VT

The Honorable Richard H. Dolgener, TX, term expiring August 31, 2015

Linda Morris, LMP TX, term expiring August 31, 2015

John M. Salsman, CHP Vice-Chair, TX, term expiring August 31, 2017

Richard H. Saudek, VT

Clint J. Weber, TX, term expiring September 1, 2019

Robert (Bob) C. Wilson, TX, term expiring August 31, 2017

Alternate Commissioner

Jane O’Meara Sanders, Ph.D. , VT

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Response to Fla Dem (Reply #38)

Fri Feb 19, 2016, 06:00 PM

42. She was appointed to that position by Schumlin...

 

Very shortly after Sanders stumped for him.

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Response to Arazi (Reply #24)

Fri Feb 19, 2016, 06:26 PM

45. 900 residents actually, and each should matter

The location was not a safe choice geologically either--tectonic faults, but what the heck--the site was picked because those nearby were deemed unlikely to cause a fuss.
Sanders wife sat on the Texas Low Level Radioactive Waste Disposal Commission.

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Response to NCTraveler (Original post)

Fri Feb 19, 2016, 11:51 AM

18. Why do you recycle shit that was disproven previously?

David Fucking Brock? Please, defend the ethics of a campaign that would employ that sleeze merchant.

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Response to NCTraveler (Original post)

Fri Feb 19, 2016, 12:01 PM

21. Large Latino population?

The population is under 600! Yes, demographically the residents are mostly Latino, as is the case with most towns close to the border.

The thing is, radioactive or not, toxic waste does have to be put somewhere. Generally they look for places that are sparsely populated, but accessable by highway and rail. Sierra Blanca meets that criteria and was already a dump site for NY's sludge from wastewater treatment from 1992 to 2002. So the question is, do you continue to use a place that has already accepted toxic waste, or do you find a brand new pristine area to foul up?

I realize there's a lot of NIMBY around the country, but waste does have to go somewhere.

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Response to NCTraveler (Original post)

Fri Feb 19, 2016, 12:04 PM

23. I knew this was BS as soon as I saw the headline

Looks like 119 Democrats voted for a bill to "dump nuclear waste on a Latino community" including 5 democrats from Texas where the nuclear waste dump is located.

Perhaps the nuclear waste should be shot into outer space?

Keep posting this stuff, maybe you can get a job with the HRC campaign because this is par for the course when it comes to advocating for her as a candidate.

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Response to Z_California (Reply #23)

Fri Feb 19, 2016, 06:27 PM

46. Not BS

Nice try, though. Sanders' own wife sat on the Texas Low Level Radioactive Waste Disposal Commission.

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Response to NCTraveler (Original post)

Fri Feb 19, 2016, 12:18 PM

25. The linked supporting articles are also worth a read! Thanks for this! n/t

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Response to NCTraveler (Original post)

Fri Feb 19, 2016, 12:21 PM

26. That bill was signed into law by... wait for it...

President Clinton!

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Response to NCTraveler (Original post)

Fri Feb 19, 2016, 12:27 PM

27. More lies straight from the queen of lies.

 

Why do you spread this bullshit?

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Response to NCTraveler (Original post)

Fri Feb 19, 2016, 12:31 PM

28. It's Groundhog day ......again .

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Response to NCTraveler (Original post)

Fri Feb 19, 2016, 12:32 PM

29. People are paying closer attention and beginning to examine Bernie's record.

I'm not at all certain that they're going to like what they see when they start looking closely.


Go, Hillary. We love you!

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Response to NurseJackie (Reply #29)

Fri Feb 19, 2016, 06:28 PM

48. Agreed

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Response to NCTraveler (Original post)

Fri Feb 19, 2016, 12:32 PM

30. Didn't we go over all this a while ago?

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Response to NCTraveler (Original post)

Fri Feb 19, 2016, 12:35 PM

32. Brock Nation Review

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Response to NCTraveler (Original post)

Fri Feb 19, 2016, 01:05 PM

33. Wasn't this a designated dump site waaaaay before this Bill?

And Bubba signed this into law so how exactly does Sanders get tarnished?

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Response to d_legendary1 (Reply #33)

Fri Feb 19, 2016, 06:30 PM

49. The waste was coming from Vermont

Sanders supported the bill and his wife sat on the Texas Low Level Radioactive Waste Disposal Commission for starters.

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Response to pandr32 (Reply #49)

Sat Feb 20, 2016, 10:42 PM

57. Is that why Clinton signed the bill to law?

To make Sanders look bad in case he ran against his wife? BWHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!

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Response to NCTraveler (Original post)

Fri Feb 19, 2016, 03:18 PM

36. The title of your OP is disingenuous. That bill concerned a compact between Vermont, Maine and TX.

Last edited Fri Feb 19, 2016, 03:50 PM - Edit history (1)

Texas politics actually controlled the placement of the facility: that would be local Texas politics, led by W at that time.

Starting with Sen. Wellstone's remarks, the following occurred:


(Congressional Record Volume 144, Number 77 (Monday, June 15, 1998))
(Senate)
(Pages S6349-S6356)
From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office


THE TEXAS-MAINE-VERMONT COMPACT

Mr. WELLSTONE. Mr. President, I would like to speak out this evening
about an enormously important issue that has seldom, if ever, been
addressed on the floor of the United States Senate.

...

The moral responsibility of the Senate is unavoidable and undeniable.
If we approve H.R. 629 without conditions, the Compact dump will be
built within a few miles of Sierra Blanca.
There's really very little
doubt about that. And if that happens, this poor Hispanic community
could become the premier national repository for so-called ``low-
level'' radioactive waste.

If we reject this Compact, on the other hand, the Sierra Blanca dump
will not be built at all. The Texas Governor has said so publicly--more
than once. It's as simple as that. The fate of Sierra Blanca rests in
our hands.

Compact supporters would prefer that we consider the Compact without
any reference to the actual location of the dump. But that simply
cannot be done. It's true that H.R. 629 says nothing about Sierra
Blanca. But we know very well where this waste will be dumped. In that
respect, the Texas Compact is different from other compacts the Senate
has considered.

The Texas legislature in 1991 already identified the area where the
dump will be located. The Texas Waste Authority designated the site
near Sierra Blanca in 1992.
A draft license was issued in 1996. License
proceedings are now in their final stages and should be completed by
summer. Nobody doubts that the Texas authorities will soon issue that
license.

There's only one reason why this dump might not get built--and that's
if Congress rejects the Texas Compact. In an April 1998 interview,
Texas Gov. George Bush said, ``If that does not happen,'' meaning
congressional passage of the Compact, ``then all bets are off.'' In the
El Paso Times of May 28, Gov. Bush said, ``If there's not a Compact in
place, we will not move forward.''

For these reasons, we cannot fairly consider H.R. 629 without also
considering the dump site that Texas has selected. Sierra Blanca is a
small town in one of poorest parts of Texas, an area with one of the
highest percentages of Latino residents. The average income of people
who live there is less than $8,000. Thirty-nine percent live below the
poverty line. Over 66 percent are Latino, and many of them speak only
Spanish.

It is a town that has already been saddled with one of the largest
sewage sludge projects in the world. Every week Sierra Blanca receives
250 tons of partially treated sewage sludge from across the country.
Depending on what action Congress decides to take, this small town with
minimal political clout may also become the national repository for
low-level radioactive waste. And I understand plans for building even
more dump sites are also in the works.

Supporters of the Compact would have us believe that the designation
of Sierra Blanca had nothing to do with the income or ethnic
characteristics of its residents. That it had nothing to do with the
high percentage of Latinos in Sierra Blanca and the surrounding
Hudspeth County--at least 2.6 times higher than the State average. That
the percentage of people living in poverty--at least 2.1 times higher
than the State average--was completely irrelevant.

They would have us believe that Sierra Blanca was simply the
unfortunate finalist in a rigorous and deliberate screening process
that fairly considered potential sites from all over the State. That
the outcome was based on science and objective criteria. I don't
believe any of this is true.

I am not saying science played no role whatsoever in the process. It
did. Indeed, based on the initial criteria coupled with the scientific
findings, Sierra Blanca was disqualified as a potential dump site. It
wasn't until politics entered the picture that Sierra Blanca was even
considered.


https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/CREC-1998-06-15/html/CREC-1998-06-15-pt1-PgS6349.htm


Despite the predictions that are recorded above in the Congressional Record, Texas did reject the permit for Sierra Blanca.


Clean Living
Meet three West Texas activists who are keeping their land out of the dumps.
July 1999
By Joe Nick Patoski

THE SIGN POSTED ON A FENCE OUTSIDE THE GUERRA and Company General Merchandise store in Sierra Blanca serves notice. “Attention: Any Company Intending to Dump Hazardous or Toxic Waste on Our Home Hudspeth County: We Will Not Allow You to Use Us as a Dumpsite. Our Health, Children, Water, and Land Are Most Precious to Us.” The message leaves the impression that a ruling by the Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission last October, rejecting a permit to open a nuclear-waste dump in Sierra Blanca, never really happened. Indeed, even in the aftermath of tilting against radioactive windmills and turning back what many said was a “done deal,” a visit with three activists involved in the decade-long battle shows that the fight to protect West Texas’ natural resources is far from over.

Take Bill Addington, the Sierra Blanca native who has been in the trenches from the beginning. He’s back behind the meat counter at Guerra’s, which has been at its current location since 1928, but the counter is empty and half the shelves are bare. From here, Addington runs the Sierra Blanca Legal Defense Fund, which is now fighting against a sludge ranch north of town, operated by Merco Joint Venture, as well as a proposed nuclear-waste facility 230 miles away in Andrews, which the Legislature failed to authorize this session but may take up again in 2001.

...

http://www.texasmonthly.com/articles/clean-living/


However, the above-noted location in Andrews County seems much more recently to have been approved:


Agency Of Destruction
Texas' environmental commission serves its customers well. Too bad they're not the public.
by Forrest Wilder

Published Wed, May 26, 2010 at 4:05 pm CST

...

There’s no more eye-opening illustration of the agency’s MO than West Texas’ new radioactive waste dump.
In 2007, a team of geologists and engineers at TCEQ unanimously recommended that a license for the vast dump, near Andrews, be denied. Water contamination was a prime concern. Then-Executive Director Glenn Shankle ordered the TCEQ team to issue the license anyway.

There was big money at stake. The company behind the dump, Waste Control Specialists Inc., is owned by Dallas billionaire Harold Simmons, who’s contributed $620,000 to Perry’s campaigns since 2001, according to Texans for Public Justice. Simmons stands to make billions from storing “low-level” radioactive waste in West Texas.

Records show that Shankle met regularly with a team of lobbyists, lawyers and company principals at the same time his own experts warned him of the dump’s dangers. Seeing that the fix was in, three TCEQ employees quit in protest. Commissioners hardly batted an eye. In January 2009, after a brief, technical discussion, they voted 2-0 (with Soward abstaining) to issue the license. They also denied the Sierra Club and 12 individuals in Eunice, New Mexico, the town closest to the dump, a chance to contest the license before administrative judges.

Shankle stepped down as TCEQ’s executive director in June 2008. Six months later, he went to work for Waste Control Specialists as a lobbyist, collecting between $100,000 and $150,000 for his services thus far. Commissioners and top management frequently leave the agency to work for the industries they previously regulated, a revolving door that critics say has led to TCEQ’s leaning in industry’s direction.

...

http://www.texasobserver.org/agency-of-destruction/


Here is a link to the promotional page that WCS previously maintained:


The Texas Solution

(video)

In a unique partnership with Waste Control Specialists (WCS) and the state of Texas, the people of Andrews County and the Permian Basin are providing The Texas Solution to a national environmental challenge – the safe, permanent disposal of low-level radioactive waste (LLRW).

LLRW is now temporarily stored at thousands of sites throughout Texas and our nation, much of it in heavily populated urban areas. This waste results from activities that are essential to our society and which improve our quality of life, including power generators, hospitals, universities, research institutions and industrial plants.

On Sept. 8, 2009, WCS was granted its final license to dispose of LLRW by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ). Construction of the disposal facility will begin in 2010.

The Texas Low-Level Radioactive Waste Disposal Compact Commission has oversight of the volume of waste disposed of at the WCS site in Andrews County, Texas. The TCEQ, the state’s lead environmental agency, will ensure the waste and disposal sites meet all appropriate environmental safeguards.

https://web.archive.org/web/20131208040220/http://www.texassolution.com/


Here is a link to the TCEQ's page regarding WCS's Andrews County facility and also a link to WCS's seemingly most recent license for the Andrews County facility:





Here is the WCS Andrews County facility:




Here is a link to the WCS facility page and a link to WCS's report to the commission on which Sen. Sanders wife is an alternate commissioner:






Lastly, for the sake of completeness, there are two sites that seem to have summaries of the Sierra Blanca situation - one at the University of Michigan and one at Swarthmore:


Environmental Justice Case Study: The Struggle for Sierra Blanca, Texas Against A Low-Level Nuclear Waste Site

...

http://www.umich.edu/~snre492/blanca.html



Texans defend Sierra Blanca community against nuclear waste disposal, 1996-1998

...

http://nvdatabase.swarthmore.edu/content/texans-defend-sierra-blanca-community-against-nuclear-waste-disposal-1996-1998


So, while issues related to the disposal of radioactive materials and waste are very important and need to be discussed fully. Senator Sanders, the US Congress and President Clinton hardly targeted a Latino community. That responsibility falls squarely on Texas.





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Response to NCTraveler (Original post)

Fri Feb 19, 2016, 03:33 PM

37. Here's an article from 1998 and Bernie certainly was one of the leaders on this:

Maine-Vermont-Texas nuclear waste compact

http://social-ecology.org/wp/1998/10/the-texas-vermont-maine-nuclear-dump-bringing-environmental-racism-home/

"Texas governor George W. Bush and independent congressman Bernie Sanders both see it as a sacrifice zone.

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On May 11th, about a dozen activists met with Sanders at his office. The delegation included two University of Vermont students who had just completed a thorough analysis of the scientific arguments in support of the Texas dump; they found numerous unanswered questions and more than a few outright falsehoods in the proponents’ arguments. Several participants in the meeting were astonished by the “independent” congressman’s vehement and unrelenting support for shipping nuclear waste 2400 miles to West Texas. It was the best site geologically, he claimed, much better than having nuclear waste scattered across the country, and besides, how dare we accuse Bernie Sanders of environmental racism? The August meeting with the Texas delegation featured Sanders at his most obstinate, insisting that he’d done the right thing and that he was no longer interested in the issue now that the compact bill had passed the House. "

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Response to seaglass (Reply #37)

Fri Feb 19, 2016, 05:54 PM

39. Good article - 15 minutes well spent

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Response to NCTraveler (Original post)

Fri Feb 19, 2016, 05:57 PM

40. Brock left out that there was support from the community, here's a letter from the county judge:

Sierra Blanca, TX, July 23, 1996.

Dear Member of Congress: We are writing to encourage you to vote in favor of the Texas Low-Level Radioactive Waste Disposal Compact, H.R. 558 without amendment.

As officials from the community nearest to the proposed facility, our primary duty is to protect the health and safety of our citizens and of future generations. In fulfillment of this duty, we have invested substantial time and effort in examining technical reports and talking with state officials and others involved in identifying and investigating a location for a low-level radioactive waste disposal facility in our county.

We are convinced that the facility planned for the site is safe. This judgment is borne out by the `Environmental Safety Analysis' made by the state agency in charge of licensing the disposal facility in our state. That agency found that the site will not `pose an unacceptable risk to the public health' or cause `a long-term detrimental impact on the environment.'

Far from causing problems for our community, the disposal facility will bring to our area needed economic and social benefits. Hudspeth County has already received grants of over $2 million for the State of Texas for use in community projects of our own choosing. When Congress consents to the Texas Compact, the county will receive an additional $5 million in development funds from the states of Vermont and Maine. And, when the facility begins operation, the county will receive $.8 million annually from its gross revenue--equal to more than one-third of the county's total annual budget. These funds are very much needed in our effort to raise the standard of living, education, and medical care system for residents of our county.

Fundamentally, where and how to site a commercial low-level radioactive waste disposal facility is a state and local issue. In July of this year, the State of Texas will convene a series of public hearings, several in our community, which will allow any member of the public to comment and raise questions about any aspect of the proposed facility and its location. This is where the decision on the location and safety of the disposal facility should be made--not in the halls of Congress thousands of miles away from our community.

We have heard that some members of Congress, at the urging of certain advocacy groups who do not represent our community, object to the location of the disposal facility based on the ethnic composition and the economic status of our county. We are the direct representatives of this ethnically diverse and economically underdeveloped community, and we are convinced that the facility will be safely built. In addition, in December 1995, approximately half of the adult population of Sierra Blanca signed a petition supporting Congressional consent for the Texas Compact.

By consenting to the Texas Compact, Congress will: eliminate the need for two low-level radioactive waste disposal sites in more populous, more humid northeast states; alleviate the need to store low-level radioactive waste of hundreds of generating locations in the three member states; approve a facility that the most directly affected citizens find both safe and beneficial; and ensure that the State of Texas and its partners in the Texas Compact will be able to control the amount of waste coming into a facility located in our community.

Please vote for S. 419 without amendment.

Please contact us if you have any questions or would like more information.

Sincerely,

James A. Peace,

County Judge.

http://www.c-span.org/congress/bills/billAction/?print/1410681

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Response to NCTraveler (Original post)

Fri Feb 19, 2016, 05:57 PM

41. Has this sort of thing ever worked? Is there anyone actually sitting around thinking that Sanders

 

...seethes with hatred of immigrants and minorities? No, no one is really doing that, because it would be ridiculous on its face, and there's no one who doesn't already understand that.

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Response to DisgustipatedinCA (Reply #41)

Fri Feb 19, 2016, 06:33 PM

50. This is very real

Guess who sat on the commission?
http://www.tllrwdcc.org/about-the-comission/

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Response to pandr32 (Reply #50)

Fri Feb 19, 2016, 06:35 PM

51. No. The framing of the story is not very real. I normally choose different verbiage, but I'm

 

borrowing yours for the occasion. People know, they just do, that Bernie Sanders doesn't set out to hurt minorities. If you read something that suggests this isn't so, it bears further investigation, because people know it's not true. And that's how it works when you've earned the trust of the people.

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Response to NCTraveler (Original post)

Fri Feb 19, 2016, 06:18 PM

44. LOL that's gonna leave a mark. n/t

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Response to NCTraveler (Original post)

Fri Feb 19, 2016, 06:27 PM

47. New day, same old slime

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Response to NCTraveler (Original post)

Fri Feb 19, 2016, 07:10 PM

52. More Brock lies.

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Response to NCTraveler (Original post)

Fri Feb 19, 2016, 07:13 PM

53. He wanted to put in on an Indian Burial Mound there to upset the spirits.

 

Thereby causing mass destruction via the hauntings.

Because its Texas.

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Response to NCTraveler (Original post)

Fri Feb 19, 2016, 09:33 PM

55. cool another BS article straight from Hillary's PAC

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Response to NCTraveler (Original post)

Sat Feb 20, 2016, 10:15 AM

56. So they could #feelthebern?



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