Republicans top donor is nuclear waste dump billionaire

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    Harold Simmons built a West Texas dump for radioactive waste that is bigger than 1,000 football fields and he can’t fill it.

    To turn it into a profitable enterprise, the Texas billionaire hired lobbyists to urge the Obama administration to expand the types of nuclear waste, including depleted uranium, the dump can accept and award his company disposal contracts. If the Nuclear Regulatory Commission changes the rule, it could open access to a market worth billions. The deadline for a decision is in 2014.

    Simmons now is spending money in a new way that could improve his business prospects: He’s invested $15.9 million this election cycle in various groups to help elect Republicans, who advocate easing regulations on the nuclear industry.

    The largest chunk of Simmons’s campaign cash -- $12 million -- has gone to American Crossroads, a so-called super political action committee that takes unlimited donations and has a stated mission of defeating President Barack Obama. He has given at least $700,000 to Restore Our Future, a super-PAC backing Mitt Romney, the front-runner for the Republican presidential nomination whose call for a fast-tracked permitting process for new nuclear plants could benefit Simmons’s Waste Control Specialists LLC.

    Republican Donor Simmons Seeks Rule to Fill Texas Dump - Businessweek
     
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    In the fall of 2004, Dallas-based Waste Control Specialists applied for a license to build a low-level nuclear waste dump in Andrews County, Texas, a dusty oil patch along the New Mexico border. In its filings and press releases, the company argued that the site was ideal because it sat atop “500 feet of impermeable red-bed clay,” meaning there was virtually no chance of radiation leaking out and tainting the water supply.

    Still, there were reasons to be wary. Maps from the Texas Water Development Board showed the site sitting directly above the Ogallala Aquifer, a massive but shallow underground reservoir, which sprawls beneath eight Great Plains states and supplies roughly a third of the nation’s irrigation water. If large quantities of radiation were to seep into this water table, the effects could be devastating. After WCS’s application came up for review, however, something curious happened: The board shifted the official boundaries of the Ogallala, a move WCS claims in its official correspondence was based partly on data the company provided, though Water Board spokeswoman Samantha Pollard argues this isn’t true. “The reevaluation stemmed from work done for the development of groundwater availability models and related projects,” she says. As it turns out, five of the board’s six members had been appointed by Gov. Rick Perry, who’s taken more than $1.2 million in campaign contributions from WCS’s owner, Harold Simmons.

    The GOP’s nuke-dump donor - Salon.com
     
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    has he broken any laws?
     
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    So... Super PAC donations for Republicans are evil and should be stopped, but Super PAC donations for Obama are good and should be applauded? pathetic.
     
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    Super PAC donations to open nuclear waste dumps over aquafers should be stopped.

    You really need to read the posts.
     
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    A fitting use for West Texas.
     
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    Has Bill Maher, or any of the other people you bitch about?

    What a fucking retarded way to go about life, basing opinions on ones character based on whether or not they have broken any laws. Some of the shittiest people I know are law abiding citizens(mostly), and their shittiness doesn't come from the few laws they do break.
     
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    Is there a point to this thread ?
     
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    Wow, someone actually wants to properly dispose of nuclear waste and you libturds whine.
     
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