Controversy Continues Over Waste Control Specialists' Election

Staff Report
NewsWest 9

More controversy brewing over an Andrews election.

There's a debate going on over whether the Texas Ethics Commission found that an Austin group against the bond violated state election laws.

That election secured millions for Waste Control Specialists to build a low level radioactive waste site.

Waste Control Specialists says the Texas Ethics Commission found the Austin-based Seed Coalition tried to hide its involvement with a campaign against Waste Control Specialists last year.

But that group is firing back.

Waste Control Specialists says the state found 17 violations of campaign election law and fined the Director of the Seed Coalition Karen Hadden $1,000.

On Thursday afternoon, Hadden disputed that saying the only issue being considered was whether her organization accepted donations over 500 dollars before a treasurer was appointed.

Waste Control Specialists says Hadden was behind the "No Bonds For Billionaires" campaign.

That campaign aired on television ads, including on NewsWest 9, in opposition to the bond election that helped finance the company's waste site.

In short, Waste Control Specialists says Hadden tried to make No Bonds for Billionaires" look like it was out of Andrews, while it was really being funded in Austin.

Voters in Andrews ultimately approved the 75 million dollar bond for Waste Control Specialists.

Hadden also said her group did not admit to doing anything wrong and just wanted to move on.

She also says Waste Control Specialists is trying to silence people with legitimate concerns.

In a press release issued on Thursday, Waste Control Specialists it's ready to move forward and bring jobs and economic diversity to West Texas.