Nuclear Waste Storage on Texas Lawmakers' Agenda

Could Texas’ wide-open spaces help solve the country's nuclear waste storage problem?

House Speaker Joe Straus wants to find out. He has instructed lawmakers to study the economic potential of storing highly radioactive nuclear waste in Texas, a notion that has drawn pushback from environmentalists.

But if past and present politics are any guide, the state, already home to some low-level radioactive waste, won’t house the higher-level waste any time soon — even if Texans agree they want it.

“I did not expect this to be brought up,” said Dale Klein, associate director of the University of Texas Energy ...

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