Utah governor opposes imports of Italian nuclear waste

Friday, April 25, 2008

SALT LAKE CITY: Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman says he is reversing his stance and will block the shipment of Italian nuclear waste to a desert dump site in his state.

Huntsman initially said the federal government should decide where to dispose such foreign waste.

But he says Wednesday he's changed his mind because the federal government has been slow to adopt a policy to block foreign radioactive waste. He also says that space for even domestic waste is limited.

A company called EnergySolutions has asked the Nuclear Regulatory Commission for permission to store about 1,600 tons of low-level waste from Italy at a dump some 70 miles west of Salt Lake City.

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