Court restores radioactive site lawsuit case

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- A federal appeals court has reinstated a 2003 whistleblower lawsuit accusing operators of a Utah radioactive waste site of safety, health and environmental lapses.

The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver ruled Wednesday that three former Envirocare of Utah workers adequately documented alleged instances of improper requests for payment from the federal government for substandard work.

The Salt Lake City-based company is now called EnergySolutions Inc. It denies the allegations of lapses at its disposal facility in Tooele County.

Company lawyer Rod Snow says he's not sure yet whether to challenge the appeals court ruling or take the case to trial.

The court said U.S. District Court Judge Bruce Jenkins in Salt Lake City shouldn't have dismissed the case last year.


Information from: The Salt Lake Tribune

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