Reacting to the ruling, WCS President Rod Baltzer said, “Today’s decision by the Supreme Court is great news and it will allow us to move forward with construction plans for our low-level radioactive waste disposal facility. We are proceeding as quickly as possible with plans to begin construction in the fourth quarter.”
The Texas Supreme Court today dismissed the appeal of the bond election, noting it lacked jurisdiction to review the case. The state court of appeals in El Paso had previously ruled the Andrews election results were valid.
“We are not surprised by today’s decision by the Texas Supreme Court to dismiss the appeal challenging the May 2009 bond election. We knew all along that the election’s outcome was correct and that those contesting the election did not have a legal leg to stand on,” said Tom Jones of Andrews, WCS Vice President for Community Relations.
“With today’s ruling, WCS looks forward to moving ahead with this important environmental and economic development project that will bring new jobs to the Permian Basin, spur economic growth and allow WCS to provide a Texas solution to a national environmental problem,” Jones said.
“One of the most gratifying aspects of today’s ruling is it validates the work WCS is involved in and affirms the confidence Andrews County and its residents have placed in us. This has been a long time coming and it is a shame that people fronting for an extremist, Austin-based, anti-nuclear organization with ethics violations were able to sidetrack this project for more than a year with such a frivolous lawsuit,” Jones said.