Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Moratorium sought in Utah on depleted uranium

Associated Press, 07.13.09

SALT LAKE CITY -- An environmental group will make its case Tuesday for a moratorium on the disposal of depleted uranium in Utah.

The radioactive waste watchdog group Healthy Environment Alliance of Utah will tell the state's radiation control board that no more depleted uranium should come into the state until the Nuclear Regulatory Commission finishes studying whether its current rules are adequate.

Meanwhile, EnergySolutions Inc. will tell the board why it believes it can safely dispose of the material at its facility about 70 miles west of Salt Lake City.

Depleted uranium is unique from other low-level radioactive waste because it becomes more radioactive over time. The NRC has said developing new rules for disposing the material could take years.


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