Rep. Tom Craddick calls Point of Order to kill Landgraf’s bill on nuclear waste storage

Published: May. 6, 2021 at 3:04 PM CDT
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AUSTIN, Texas (KOSA) - A bill that looked to ban the storage of high-level nuclear waste in Andrews County while reducing fees for Waste Control Specialist will not be moving forward.

State Representative Tom Craddick says that House Bill 2962, which was filed by Rep. Brooks Landgraf, was killed after he called a Point of Order.

“Today, in the interest of the Permian Basin and House District 82, I called a Point of Order on House Bill 2692 by Representative Brooks Landgraf”, said Speaker Craddick (R-Midland). “The Point of Order was well taken and sustained by the Speaker of the House. This legislation would have not added the protections needed to prevent a high level radioactive waste ban in Texas.”

Craddick says he spoke with Landgraf, who said that he would not be pursuing the legislation any further.

Rep. Landgraf released the following statement on HB 2962:

“I’m disappointed to report that HB 2692, a bill I filed at the request of my constituents in Andrews County, was derailed by a point of order called by Representative Craddick on the House floor Wednesday night. The point of order was called on the bill analysis, which is a procedurally mandated item that accompanies all bills, but that is not authored by state legislators. The point of order stated the bill analysis failed to provide specific, detailed analysis about one minor portion of the bill. The point of order was not the legislation itself.

While this bill was requested and supported by my Andrews constituents, I was proud to also work on agreed-to language with the governor of Texas and a Midland oil and gas company.”

Waste Control Specialists released this statement on HB 2962:

“Our interests and the state’s interests are aligned and we remain committed to working closely with our community, our regulators and the State of Texas to ensure the facility remains viable, safe and an asset to the state and the state’s economy,’ said Dave Carlson, President and COO of WCS.

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