Herbert urged to reject nuclear waste offer

Herbert urged to reject nuclear waste offer



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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Congressman Jim Matheson is urging Gov. Gary Herbert to reject EnergySolutions' attempts to get the state to drop its objections to importing foreign nuclear waste for disposal here.

In a letter sent Friday to Herbert, the Utah Democrat branded as "influence peddling" the Salt Lake City-based company's offer to share profits with the cash-strapped state if it drops its legal fight to keep the waste out of Utah.

Herbert spokeswoman Angie Welling says the Republican governor had not yet seen Matheson's letter, but he remains opposed to the shipment of foreign nuclear waste to Utah.

Welling says Herbert also supports Utah's current appeal of a federal judge's ruling that the state can't use a regional compact to keep foreign nuclear waste out.

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Information from: The Salt Lake Tribune

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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