August 6, 2009

More depleted uranium headed to Utah

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Some of the federal stimulus money going to pay for cleanup of depleted uranium at a site in South Carolina will also pay to deliver that waste to Utah, which isn’t sure it wants it. Judy Fahys of the Salt Lake Tribune reports that nearly 15,000 barrels of radioactive waste are slated to ship to the EnergySolutions disposal site in Tooele County even as state regulators consider a moratorium on new shipments. The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission is reviewing whether such waste should be allowed at shallow burial sites like the Tooele landfill, although Fahys reports that review will likely take years.

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