Judge Orders Halt to Radioactive Waste Dump

Staff Report
The Associated Press

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - A Texas judge has ordered a temporary halt to plans that could allow three dozen states to dump radioactive waste in far West Texas.

Judge Jon Wisser, siding with environmentalists, signed a temporary restraining order Thursday against the Texas Low-Level Radioactive Waste Disposal Compact Commission. The commission was scheduled to vote Jan. 4 on rules that could expand how much waste could be processed at a dump in remote Andrews County.

The ruling preventing a vote came as environmentalists and critics on the commission accused regulators and a politically connected company of rushing the proposal past Texans who are too focused on the holidays to notice.