Nuclear waste: Huntsman slams door on Italian import

Saturday, May 17, 2008

Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr. has wisely waded into the fray, and from all indications, dealt a knock-out blow to EnergySolutions' plan to import low-level radioactive waste from Italy's nuclear power industry.

Huntsman said he will instruct his representative on the board of the Northwest Interstate Compact on Low-level Radioactive Waste, state Department of Environmental Quality Deputy Director Bill Sinclair, to vote against the plan on May 8. And Sinclair says he will comply with the governor's request.

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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.

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Tennessee regulators will not block Italian nuclear waste processing

Saturday, March 15, 2008

KNOXVILLE, Tennessee: Tennessee regulators say there is no "technical reason" to prevent a Utah company from processing nuclear waste from Italy in Tennessee, but political opposition continues to grow.

Salt Lake City-based EnergySolutions Inc. wants to bring about 20,000 tons (18,144 metric tons) of waste from shuttered nuclear plants in Italy through the ports of Charleston, South Carolina, or New Orleans, process it in Tennessee and send what's left to a disposal site in Utah.

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Utahns organizing opposition to Italian nuclear waste plan

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission on Monday began taking public comments and fielding requests for a public hearing on plans by Salt Lake City-based EnergySolutions to import 20,000 tons of waste from Italian nuclear plant cleanups.

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NRC to accept comments on importing Italian waste

Saturday, February 2, 2008

Next week, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission will formally begin inviting the public and affected government agencies to weigh in on EnergySolutions' application to accept low-level radioactive waste from Italy.

But the agency is already welcoming public comments, said Brooke Smith, a member of the NRC team reviewing the import license.

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Company's plans to bring in Italian nuclear waste to US raises fears

Thursday, November 22, 2007

CHARLESTON, South Carolina: Environmentalists and some federal lawmakers voiced concerns over the planned shipment to the United States of radioactive nuclear waste from Italy, questioning the volume of waste being brought in and whether it exceeds federal safety standards.

EnergySolutions wants to ship about 200,000 cubic feet (5,664 cubic meters) of the radioactive waste into the United States, process it in Tennessee before burying it at a site in Clive, Utah, where the company is based.

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