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Paxton hopes to bring radioactive waste to Texas

Austin American-Statesman

A new lawsuit filed by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton could open the door for nuclear waste storage in the Lone Star State.

As The Austin American-Statesman reports, Paxton is suing the federal government to force a decision on whether Texas can store high-level radioactive waste within its borders.

Many Texas GOP policymakers have long been in favor of storing nuclear waste in Texas, including former Governor Rick Perry, who fought to bring the waste to the state.

One of Perry’s most avid campaign contributors was the president of the company now seeking to store radioactive waste in Texas. Attorney General Paxton has received at least $15,000 in campaign contributions from a political action committee backed by the same company, known as Waste Control.

There’s a lot of money to be had in storing radioactive waste, and Texas is hoping to cash in on the nuclear waste payday.