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DOE Boss Reassures Huntsman on Funds to Move Moab Tailings

DOE Boss Reassures Huntsman on Funds to Move Moab Tailings

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Governor Huntsman says a Department of Energy official has assured him plans are on track to fund the removal of radioactive tailings from a site near Moab.

However, Huntsman said, those reassurances didn't extend to full support of Utah's long-standing opposition to a planned spent nuclear fuel storage facility on the Skull Valley Goshute reservation.

Huntsman said funding was on track for moving the old uranium mill tailing from a site along the Colorado River near Moab to Crescent Junction about 30 miles north. The cost is estimated at 400 (M)million dollars.

Huntsman and Energy Secretary Samuel Bodman spoke privately yesterday while attending the Western Governors' Association annual meeting.

(Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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