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Bernie Sanders Taxes show his Family profited from a bill He co-sponsor to dump Vermont Nuclear Waste in a poor Texas Latino community

Bernie Sanders not only voted yes but pretty much lead the fight that dumped Vermont’s Nuclear waste in poor Latino communities of Sierra Blanca, Texas. Bernie Sanders wife still a citizen of Vermont is making money sitting on the Texas Waste Commission created directly because of this  bill Bernie Sanders was involved in.

Beyond voting YES for this bill, Bernie Sanders co-sponsored and lead the fight for this bill.

The Texas Low-Level Radioactive Waste Disposal Compact Commission in which Sanders wife sits was established because of this bill.

The Texas Low-Level Radioactive Waste Disposal Compact Commission and its members have the powers and duties prescribed by the compact and the members of the commission are responsible for administering the provisions of the compact. Texas and Vermont are party states of the Compact.The party states recognize a responsibility for each state to seek to manage low-level radioactive waste generated within its boundaries, pursuant to the Low-Level Radioactive Waste Policy Act, as amended by the Low-Level Radioactive Waste Policy Amendments Act of 1985 (42 U.S.C. Sections 2021b-2021j). …..

FEDERAL STATUTE:

PL 105-236 The U.S. Congress ratified a Compact between Texas, Maine and Vermont for disposal of low-level radioactive waste with the passage of the Compact Consent Act, PL 105-236 in 1998.

Below you will several examples of Bernie Sanders leading this fight.

On September 20, 1998 H.R.629 – Texas Low-Level Radioactive Waste Disposal Compact Consent Act became law.  It was first introduced in the House on 02/06/1997.  Bernie Sanders from day one, the bill, was introduced was a co-sponsor of Republican  Rep. Barton, Joe [R-TX-6] ,the sponsor of the bill.  Before serving in the Senate,  Bernie Sanders served in the  U.S. House of Representative.  When you see the information below you will see that Bernie Sanders pushed hard for this bill.

In those 2014 taxes it shows Bernie Sanders wife, Jane Sanders receiving income from the Texas Low-Level Radioactive Waste Disposal Compact Commission.  In those 2014 taxes, it shows Jane Sanders received $4,900 from her seat on the Commission.  For years Jane Sanders has had a very direct roll in her husband campaign, in which she receives a significant amount money.  Information regarding Commission coming into existence id due to that bill.

The Commission was developed after  20 years after the Act became law. On September 27, 2012 article read.  In-spite the fact Texas regulators opposed this move of nuclear waste into the Latino community it didn’t stop Bernie Sanders for pushing for that location and ignoring protest.  20 years fight, Texas regulators would make Andrews County the site

Wherever this waste went, Bernie Sanders profited

Vermont finally shipping radioactive waste to Texas
By

| September 27,2012

Texas has six commissioners on the panel, and Vermont has two — Richard Saudek, of Montpelier, and Peter Bradford, of Peru, who was unable to attend the session. Jane O’Meara Sanders is Vermont’s alternate.

The Texas Low-Level Radioactive Waste Disposal Compact Commission and its members have the powers and duties prescribed by the compact and the members of the commission are responsible for administering the provisions of the compact. Texas and Vermont are party states of the Compact.

Several others joined in. “What about Sierra Blanca, Bernie?”
>
>Sanders left the stage, which surprised no one in the small Texas
>delegation. Earlier, he had told them, “My position is unchanged, and
>you’re not gonna like it.” When they asked if he would visit the site in
>Sierra Blanca, he said, “Absolutely not. I’m gonna be running for
>re-election in the state of Vermont.”
Taxes, Transcripts, and long detail information on the protest and the Sierra Club hearing

 

Politifact

• Voted to dump Vermont’s nuclear waste in a majority Latino community in Sierra Blanca, Texas

In 1998, the House of Representatives approved a compact struck between Texas, Vermont and Maine that would allow Vermont and Maine to dump low-level nuclear waste at a designated site in Sierra Blanca, Texas. Sanders, at the time representing Vermont in the House,cosponsored the bill and actively ushered it through Congress.

Located about 16 miles from the Mexican border, Sierra Blanca’s population is predominantly of Mexican ancestry. At the time, the community was about two-thirds Latino, and its residents had an average income of $8,000, according to the an article in the Bangor Daily News.

The low-level nuclear waste would include “items such as scrap metal and worker’s gloves… as well as medical gloves used in radiation treatments at hospitals,” according to the Bangor Daily News. Clinton, then the First Lady, did not have a vote on the matter.

http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/article/2015/sep/22/fact-checking-viral-graphic-critical-bernie-sander/

 

 

Below you will see C-span transcripts, the Texas Commission listing Jane Sanders as well as Bernie Sanders statement and information regarding protest of this bill.

 

ABOUT THE COMMISSION

POWERS & POLICY

The Texas Low-Level Radioactive Waste Disposal Compact Commission and its members have the powers and duties prescribed by the compact and the members of the commission are responsible for administering the provisions of the compact. Texas and Vermont are party states of the Compact.

The party states recognize a responsibility for each state to seek to manage low-level radioactive waste generated within its boundaries, pursuant to the Low-Level Radioactive Waste Policy Act, as amended by the Low-Level Radioactive Waste Policy Amendments Act of 1985 (42 U.S.C. Sections 2021b-2021j). They also recognize that the United States Congress, by enacting the Act, has authorized and encouraged states to enter into compacts for the efficient management and disposal of low-level radioactive waste. It is the policy of the party states to cooperate in the protection of the health, safety, and welfare of their citizens and the environment and to provide for and encourage the economical management and disposal of low-level radioactive waste. It is the purpose of this compact to provide the framework for such a cooperative effort; to promote the health, safety, and welfare of the citizens and the environment of the party states; to limit the number of facilities needed to effectively, efficiently, and economically manage low-level radioactive waste and to encourage the reduction of the generation thereof; and to distribute the costs, benefits, and obligations among the party states; all in accordance with the terms of the compact.

COMMISSIONERS

Brandon T. Hurley, Chair, TX, term expiring August 31, 2019

Peter Bradford, VT

The Honorable Richard H. Dolgener, TX, term expiring August 31, 2015

Linda Morris, LMP TX, term expiring August 31, 2015

John M. Salsman, CHP Vice-Chair, TX, term expiring August 31, 2017

Richard H. Saudek, VT

Clint J. Weber, TX, term expiring September 1, 2019

Robert (Bob) C. Wilson, TX, term expiring August 31, 2017

Alternate Commissioner

Jane O’Meara Sanders, Ph.D. , VT

STAFF

Leigh Ing, Executive Director

Various sources and information concerning the protest and statements from Bernie Sanders

C-span Transcript

:21 PM EDT
Bernie Sanders, I-VT 1st

Mr. SANDERS. Mr. Chairman, I thank the gentleman for yielding me the time.

Mr. Chairman, I rise in strong support of H.R. 629. Mr. Chairman, the Low-Level Radioactive Waste Policy Act and its 1985 amendments make commercial low-level radioactive waste disposal a State and not a Federal responsibility.

As we have heard, all that Texas and Maine and Vermont are asking for today is to be treated as 9 other compacts were treated affecting 41 States. This is not new business. We have done it 9 times, 41 States, and Texas, Maine, and Vermont ask us to do it today.

Mr. Chairman, let me touch for a moment upon the environmental aspects of this issue. Let me address it from the perspective of someone who is an opponent of nuclear power, who opposes the construction of power plants and, if he had his way, would shut down the existing nuclear power plants as quickly and as safely as we could.

One of the reasons that many of us oppose nuclear power plants is that when this technology was developed, there was not a lot of thought given as to how we dispose of the nuclear waste. Neither the industry nor the Government, in my view, did the right thing by allowing the construction of the plants and not figuring out how we get rid of the waste.

But the issue we are debating here today is not that issue. The reality, as others have already pointed out, is that the waste is here. We cannot wish it away. It exists in power plants in Maine and Vermont, it exists in hospitals, it is here.

The gentleman from Texas [Mr. Reyes] a few moments ago said, `Who wants radioactive waste in their district?’ I guess he is right. But do Members know what, by going forward with the nuclear power industry, that is what we have. So the real environmental issue here is not to wish it away, but to make the judgment, the important environmental judgment, as to what is the safest way of disposing of the nuclear waste that has been created. That is the environmental challenge that we face.

The strong environmental position should not be and cannot be to do nothing, and to put our heads in the sand and pretend that the problem does not exist. It would be nice if Texas had no low-level radioactive waste, or Vermont or Maine or any other State. That would be great. That is not the reality. The environmental challenge now is, given the reality that low-level radioactive waste exists, what is the safest way of disposing of that waste.

Leaving the radioactive waste at the site where it was produced, despite the fact that that site may be extremely unsafe in terms of long-term isolation of the waste and was never intended to be a long-term depository of low-level waste, is horrendous environmental policy. What sense is it to say that you have to keep the waste where it is now, even though that might be very environmentally damaging? That does not make any sense at all.

No reputable scientist or environmentalist believes that the geology of Vermont or Maine would be a good place for this waste. In the humid climate of Vermont and Maine, it is more likely that groundwater will come in contact with that waste and carry off radioactive elements to the accessible environment.

There is widespread scientific evidence to suggest, on the other hand, that locations in Texas, some of which receive less than 12 inches of rainfall a year, a region where the groundwater table is more than 700 feet below the surface, is a far better location for this waste.

This is not a political assertion, it is a geological and environmental reality. Furthermore, even if this compact is not approved, it is likely that Texas, which has a great deal of low-level radioactive waste, and we should make the point that 80 percent of the waste is coming from Texas, 10 percent from Vermont, 10 percent from Maine, the reality is that Texas will go forward with or without this compact in building a facility to dispose of their low-level radioactive waste.

If they do not have the compact, which gives them the legal right to deny low-level radioactive waste from coming from anyplace else in the country, it seems to me they will be in worse environmental shape than they are right now. Right now, with the compact, they can deal with the constitutional issue of limiting the kinds of waste they get.

From an environmental point of view, I urge strong support for this legislation.

3:21 PM EDT
Bernie Sanders, I-VT 1st

Mr. SANDERS. Mr. Chairman, I thank the gentleman for yielding me the time.

Mr. Chairman, I rise in strong support of H.R. 629. Mr. Chairman, the Low-Level Radioactive Waste Policy Act and its 1985 amendments make commercial low-level radioactive waste disposal a State and not a Federal responsibility.

As we have heard, all that Texas and Maine and Vermont are asking for today is to be treated as 9 other compacts were treated affecting 41 States. This is not new business. We have done it 9 times, 41 States, and Texas, Maine, and Vermont ask us to do it today.

Mr. Chairman, let me touch for a moment upon the environmental aspects of this issue. Let me address it from the perspective of someone who is an opponent of nuclear power, who opposes the construction of power plants and, if he had his way, would shut down the existing nuclear power plants as quickly and as safely as we could.

One of the reasons that many of us oppose nuclear power plants is that when this technology was developed, there was not a lot of thought given as to how we dispose of the nuclear waste. Neither the industry nor the Government, in my view, did the right thing by allowing the construction of the plants and not figuring out how we get rid of the waste.

But the issue we are debating here today is not that issue. The reality, as others have already pointed out, is that the waste is here. We cannot wish it away. It exists in power plants in Maine and Vermont, it exists in hospitals, it is here.

The gentleman from Texas [Mr. Reyes] a few moments ago said, `Who wants radioactive waste in their district?’ I guess he is right. But do Members know what, by going forward with the nuclear power industry, that is what we have. So the real environmental issue here is not to wish it away, but to make the judgment, the important environmental judgment, as to what is the safest way of disposing of the nuclear waste that has been created. That is the environmental challenge that we face.

The strong environmental position should not be and cannot be to do nothing, and to put our heads in the sand and pretend that the problem does not exist. It would be nice if Texas had no low-level radioactive waste, or Vermont or Maine or any other State. That would be great. That is not the reality. The environmental challenge now is, given the reality that low-level radioactive waste exists, what is the safest way of disposing of that waste.

Leaving the radioactive waste at the site where it was produced, despite the fact that that site may be extremely unsafe in terms of long-term isolation of the waste and was never intended to be a long-term depository of low-level waste, is horrendous environmental policy. What sense is it to say that you have to keep the waste where it is now, even though that might be very environmentally damaging? That does not make any sense at all.

No reputable scientist or environmentalist believes that the geology of Vermont or Maine would be a good place for this waste. In the humid climate of Vermont and Maine, it is more likely that groundwater will come in contact with that waste and carry off radioactive elements to the accessible environment.

There is widespread scientific evidence to suggest, on the other hand, that locations in Texas, some of which receive less than 12 inches of rainfall a year, a region where the groundwater table is more than 700 feet below the surface, is a far better location for this waste.

This is not a political assertion, it is a geological and environmental reality. Furthermore, even if this compact is not approved, it is likely that Texas, which has a great deal of low-level radioactive waste, and we should make the point that 80 percent of the waste is coming from Texas, 10 percent from Vermont, 10 percent from Maine, the reality is that Texas will go forward with or without this compact in building a facility to dispose of their low-level radioactive waste.

If they do not have the compact, which gives them the legal right to deny low-level radioactive waste from coming from anyplace else in the country, it seems to me they will be in worse environmental shape than they are right now. Right now, with the compact, they can deal with the constitutional issue of limiting the kinds of waste they get.

From an environmental point of view, I urge strong support for this legislation.

 

 

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