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Apr 17, 2014 7:05 PM

Rep. Farenthold Concerned About Nuclear Waste Proposal

CORPUS CHRISTI - Governor Rick Perry's recent call for a state-funded nuclear waste storage site has raised some eyebrows among Washington lawmakers.

The governor has been a long-time champion of nuclear energy. He's asking other state leaders to help come up with a plan to build a single storage dump, large enough to handle all the radioactive waste from the 4 nuclear reactors here in Texas.

Of course 2 of those reactors are at the South Texas Nuclear Project up in Bay City which is within Congressman Blake Farenthold's district.

The congressman tells KRIS 6 News that while he thinks nuclear energy is a good thing he worries about the long-term impact of Perry's plan.

"My concern with that is if we get a good one done we're going to start attracting a lot of nuclear waste from other states to Texas. Whether or not that's a good thing, I don't know.">

Rep. Farenthold says what he doesn't want is for the government to turn Texas into a nuclear dumping ground for the entire nation.

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