Tags: US | Foreign | Nuclear | Waste

Utah Firm Nixes Plan to Import Italian Nuke Waste

Wednesday, 14 Jul 2010 01:30 PM

 

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink

The office of a U.S. congressman says EnergySolutions Inc. is abandoning its plans to dispose of nuclear waste from Italy in Utah.

A spokeswoman for Democratic U.S. Rep. Jim Matheson says EnergySolutions told the Utah congressman Wednesday that a disposal facility may be located in Italy instead.

The Salt Lake City-based company had been seeking to import up to 20,000 tons of low-level radioactive waste from Italy's shuttered nuclear power program. After processing in Tennessee, about 1,600 tons would have been disposed of in Utah.

The proposal drew opposition from two Republican Utah governors and led the U.S. House to pass a bill banning the importation of foreign nuclear waste. The measure has languished in the Senate.

The measure's lead sponsors, Matheson and Bart Gordon, D-Tenn., contend that the U.S. should preserve capacity at its disposal sites for domestic waste at a time the nation is increasingly looking at expanding the use of nuclear power.

The Utah facility is the only one currently available to 36 states.

EnergySolutions has repeatedly said capacity is not a problem at its facility. The company has long held that it only wanted to dispose of foreign nuclear in an effort to build relationships with other countries and build disposal facilities abroad.

The company planned a news conference Wednesday morning to discuss the issue.

EnergySolutions shares fell 18 cents, or 3.4 percent, to $5.08, in Wednesday morning trading.

© Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Country
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
 
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
Top Stories
You May Also Like

Washington Museum Won't Give up Guns After All

Saturday, 22 Nov 2014 20:47 PM

A small museum in northwestern Washington state says it won't be removing all of the weapons from its World War II exhib . . .

State Senator Protesting Ferguson a Victim of Attempted Carjacking

Saturday, 22 Nov 2014 19:56 PM

A Missouri state senator and gun-control advocate who has protested police actions in Ferguson surrounding the Michael B . . .

FBI Arrests 2 Would-be Ferguson Bomb Suspects

Saturday, 22 Nov 2014 18:05 PM

Two men suspected of buying explosives they planned to detonate during protests in Ferguson, Missouri, once a grand jury . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved