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Nuclear waste for dollars deal blasted

By September 15, 2009March 19th, 2015No Comments

The battle over where to put foreign radioactive waste is getting hotter in Utah, where Rep. Jim Matheson has sent a letter to Gov. Gary Herbert calling  Energy Solutions Inc.’s offer to share its profits with the state nothing short of “influence peddling,” according to a report by Matt Canham and Thomas Burr of the Salt Lake Tribune.

The  Salt Lake City-based nuclear services company has proposed a deal that could net the state $3 billion over a decade, and Senate Majority Leader Sheldon Killpack, mindful the state’s budget is $700 million short, said the offer should be reconsidered.

“It’s a horrible idea to consider opening up Utah to the entire world’s radioactive garbage in exchange for a share of what the company says are the profits,” Matheson said in the Tribune story. “No other country on Earth takes another country’s nuclear waste and I am determined that the U.S. won’t be the exception.”

The latest salvo against the proposal follows a federal court ruling earlier this month that limits states’ rights to restrict radioactive waste going to their disposal facilities.

Carol Smith

Carol Smith


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