Western States Rebuff Plan for Italian Nuclear Waste in Utah

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Boise, Idaho (AP) Eight western states have rejected the plan by Energysolutions Incorporated to ship tons of radioactive waste from Italy for disposal in Utah.

The company is applying for a federal license to import 20,000 tons of waste from four Italian nuclear reactors.

But members of the Northwest Interstate Compact on Low-Level Radioactive Waste Management say their rules would need to be changed to allow roughly five or six rail cars of waste a year to be buried there.

A spokesman for the U.S. Nuclear regulatory commission, which is reviewing the import license, doubts that the unanimous vote will kill the application.

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