Bennett seeks to block waste ban bill

Bennett seeks to block waste ban bill

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SALT LAKE CITY -- Utah Sen. Bob Bennett is trying to block a bill that would stop the transport of radioactive waste from Italy to Utah's west desert.

The bill -- which has already been approved by the House -- bans the importation of foreign radioactive waste into the United States. It is aimed at stopping Utah-based EnergySolutions from bringing in the Italian waste.

According to the Salt Lake Tribune, however, Sen. Bennett says a lawsuit currently being heard in the courts could decide the issue -- and that no action should be taken by the Senate until that suit is settled.

The Tribune reports EnergySolutions has contributed more than $50,000 to Bennett's re-election campaign so far this cycle.

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