City may travel to D.C. to meet nuclear officials

March 20, 2013

The Granbury City Council was to vote last night – after press time – on whether they and the city manager should travel to Washington, D.C. to meet with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) about their concerns over the lake level and the BRA.

The cost of the trip would be about $2,000 per person.

Though the City Council has become much more conservative in its taxpayer-funded travel, City Manager Wayne McKethan and some members of the council have been outspoken in their views about the Brazos River Authority and its management of Lake Granbury. BRA officials deny any mismanagement and say that rain is what’s needed to correct low lake levels.

Last spring, the City Council denied a request by council member Mickey Parson to travel to Korea at the invitation of the Dallas Chapter of the National Unification Advisory Council. That cost, as well, would have been $2,000.

Parson’s pre-booking of airline tickets prompted a new travel policy in which all out-of-state travel must be given prior approval from the council.

If a contingent from Granbury goes to Washington, it will be to meet with Hood County’s representatives at the Capitol and also with NRC officials.

“We’re not going unless we can meet with the NRC,” the city manager said Monday.

McKethan has said he intends to pursue Hood County’s proximity to the nuclear power plant near Glen Rose as a reason why Lake Granbury needs to be kept full.

He said that in the event of an emergency at the nuclear power plant, the water at Squaw Creek could become contaminated and as much water as possible might be needed from Lake Granbury to cool the reactors.

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