Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Vote may delay arrival of depleted uranium in Utah

By The Associated Press Wednesday, October 14, 2009

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah’s Radiation Control Board has voted to allow more depleted uranium into the state only after the company that wants to take it submits a report confirming that additional steps to safeguard the waste will work.

On Tuesday the board voted to require EnergySolutions Inc. to complete a “site performance assessment” before additional depleted uranium comes to Utah.

The move comes less than a month after the board refused to block the disposal of the low-level radioactive waste in the state.

A board vote in September removed any obstacles to EnergySolutions’ plans to dispose of depleted uranium waste from the Savannah River site, a former nuclear weapons complex in South Carolina, at the company’s facility about 70 miles west of Salt Lake City.

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