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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Senators have blocked the Transportation Department's plan to hire two new lawyers to handle lawsuits over shipments of nuclear waste to a proposed Utah site.
Utah Senator Bob Bennett told The Salt Lake Tribune that language was stripped from a transportation bill yesterday that would allow the department to hire the attorneys. Bennett say the federal government should NOT be in the business of mounting legal challenges for a privately owned company.
The shipments of high-level waste would go to the proposed Private Fuel Storage on the Skull Valley Band of Goshutes Indian reservation.
Private Fuel Storage plans to store 44-thousand tons of high-level waste in steel and concrete casks on the reservation until a permanent dump opens, presumably at Yucca Mountain in Nevada.
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