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Utah’s environment has a win over nuclear wastes

“We’re glad EnergySolutions finally figured out what Utahans have said for two years — that Italy should take care of its own waste,”

Utah firm nixes plan to import Italian nuke waste, Google hosted news, By BROCK VERGAKIS (AP) –15 July 2010, SALT LAKE CITY — EnergySolutions Inc. said Wednesday it is abandoning its plans to dispose of nuclear waste from Italy in Utah’s west desert and instead will try to help open a disposal facility in that country.

The Salt Lake City-based company had been seeking to import up to 20,000 tons of low-level radioactive waste from Italy’s shuttered nuclear power program. After processing in Tennessee, about 1,600 tons would have been buried in Utah.

The proposal drew opposition from two Republican Utah governors and led the U.S. House to pass a bill banning the importation of foreign nuclear waste. The measure has languished in the Senate………..

An environmental group that helped lead opposition to the waste import plan celebrated the company’s announcement.

“We’re glad EnergySolutions finally figured out what Utahans have said for two years — that Italy should take care of its own waste,” said Vanessa Pierce, executive director of Healthy Environment Alliance of Utah.

The Associated Press: Utah firm nixes plan to import Italian nuke waste

July 15, 2010 - Posted by | USA, wastes | , , , , , , ,

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