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(KSL News) The waste management company EnergySolutions has landed a contract that could be enormously lucrative.
The Salt Lake firm will move and dispose of the notorious "Moab Tailings." It's a huge pile of uranium mill waste that's been sitting for decades alongside the Colorado River, next to Moab.
The Department of Energy announced today that EnergySolutions won the bidding. At one time, the cost of the project was estimated at nearly $500 million. The EnergySolutions contract is for a $98 million start-up phase.
As early as next year, the tailings could start move by rail or truck about 30 miles to the north. The radioactive dirt will be placed in a specially-constructed disposal cell near Crescent Junction.