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Houston Breakthrough 1979-09 - Page 10. September 1979. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. November 28, 2014. http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/feminist/item/536/show/518.

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(September 1979). Houston Breakthrough 1979-09 - Page 10. Houston and Texas Feminist and Lesbian Newsletters. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. Retrieved from http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/feminist/item/536/show/518

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Title Houston Breakthrough 1979-09
Publisher Breakthrough Publishing Co.
Date September 1979
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  • Women--Texas--Periodicals
  • Feminism--United States--Periodicals
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  • Houston, Texas
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Transcript Peggy Buckhor n Riding Herd on Texas Utilities by Jill Cropper Every utility rate-payer in the State of Texas has a friend in Peggy Buchorn. Always wearing the cowboy boots that have become her trademark, she is a familiar sight in the utility hearing rooms of Austin. Since 1976, she has taught herself enough law to cross-examine witnesses, write and file- legal briefs, and decipher the legalese of technical documents. "I'm not an economist. I'm not a lawyer," she told a Railroad Commission hearing in 1978. "I'm a housewife and a mother of four and a grandmother of three. I'm not paid and I'm the only person here representing the individual consumer. As Executive Director of Citizens for Equitable Utilities, she has taken on such Texas utility companies as Houston Lighting and Power, LoVaca Gathering Company, the Texas Railroad Commission, as well as the federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Not averse to grabbing headlines for her cause, she recently wrote a bill, introduced in the Legislature, requiring every private utility and public entity sponsoring a nuclear power plant to store the radioactive waste in or under the same building they make their corporate headquarters and principal offices. The bill didn't pass, but it was widely publicized, and its "educational value" was not lost on Buchorn. Nor was it lost on the utilities that Peggy Buchorn was someone to be reckoned with. Buchorn was the only representative of individual ratepayers to attend the Texas Railroad Commission hearings on $1.6 billion in "pass-through" contract overcharges to Texans by LoVaca Gathering Co. and its parent, Coastal States Gas Corp. She was also able to prove to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission that Citizens for Equitable Utilities should be allowed to intervene in matters con cerning a license sought to operate the South Texas Nuclear Project (STNP), a plant under construction five miles outside the small town of Wadsworth, 90 miles south of Houston. Buchorn was born and raised in east Texas, in the small town of Brookeland. ("Mention Brookeland, my daddy will like that," she told Breakthrough.) She moved to Brazoria County in 1954 with her husband, Kenneth, a chemical engineer with Dow Chemical Company. In the sixties, she began her community involvement by working in the Brazoria County juvenile office with first-time offenders. HOUSTON BREAKTHROUGH 10 SEPTEMBER 1979