Topics: Radioactive Waste, Nuclear Power, Organizing, Non-Profit
Mr. Schermbeck is an environmental organizer, activist
and filmmaker in North Texas.
From 1977 to 1988, he focused on nuclear
power and waste issues, helping to found the Armadillo Coalition of
Texas, the Comanche Peak Life Force, the Lone Star Alliance, and the
Comanche Peak Citizen Audit, in opposition to the construction and
operation of Texas Utilities' Comanche Peak nuclear power plant in
Somervell County, near Glen Rose, Texas. His efforts ranged from
preparing legal and financial arguments against the plant to
organizing civil disobedience and occupation of the plant site. From
1989 through 1993, he served as director of the North Texas office of
Texans United, the regional affiliate of the National Toxics Campaign.
In this capacity, he organized for cleanup of an aluminum and zinc
smelting and casting plant in Crowley, a lead facility in West Dallas,
and incinerators in Dallas and Midlothian. During the 1990s, Mr. Schermbeck has also been staff organizer for
Downwinders at Risk, a
group focused on reducing emissions from the upset-plagued Chaparral
Steel facility and the hazardous waste incineration at the TXI, Holcim
and North Texas cement kilns.
Recently, he has made video
documentaries, including the 2003 piece about drug-testing in schools,
v. Lockney, which has aired on PBS, and a 2006 segment, The Big
Buy, regarding Rep. Tom DeLay's fundraising and political organizing.
October 10, 2002
Reels 2232, 2233, 2234