State Sen. Jim Tracy said he has decided to introduce a bill to ban radioactive and nuclear dumping in Tennessee.
The legislation comes on the heels of disclosure that radioactive waste is currently being dumped at Middle Point Landfill in Murfreesboro.
“Rutherford County has become the dumping ground for radioactive waste not only in Tennessee, but all over the country, and I refuse to stand by and watch it happen,” Tracy said. “I will introduce a bill in January that will ban all radioactive and nuclear dumping in our state.”
Opponents of this legislation will argue that only low level radioactive waste is being dumped in Tennessee landfills, he said.
“My belief is that any additional amount of radioactive materials in our community is too much," he said. "If it poses no harm to others, why have other states banned this practice? If there is no threat to our water sources and quality of life, why are we taking these materials from states as far away as California? We owe it to our children and grandchildren to stop this unhealthy practice.”
Currently serving his first term as senator, Tracy is the chairman of the Senate Transportation Committee. Tracy is also a member of the Senate Education Committee, Senate State and Local Government Committee and the Tennessee Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations.
He represents Bedford, Moore and Rutherford counties.