July 14, 2009

Moratorium on depleted uranium considered in Utah

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Utah State regulators are considering whether to stop accepting depleted uranium waste until stricter federal rules are put in place. Utah has disposed of the waste for 18 years in the desert 70 miles west of Salt Lake City, but the Nuclear Regulatory Commission recently directed staff to require additional safeguards for disposing of large amounts of the material, Brock Vergakis of the Associated Press reports.  An estimated 46,000 tons of material from the Department of Energy has to go somewhere in the next five years.

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