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Nuke Board OK's Skull Valley Waste Site

Nuke Board OK's Skull Valley Waste Site

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- A proposed nuclear waste storage site in Utah has passed another hurdle.

Today, the Atomic Safety and Licensing board decided in favor of Private Fuel Storage on the last issue remaining.

They were considering whether chances were too high an F-16 from Hill Air Force Base would end up crashing into the Skull Valley Band of Goshute facility.

The State of Utah had argued that possibility made the site unsafe.

Even though the safety and licensing board passed the proposal on, the facility is still far from final approval.

It must still be signed off on by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and Bureau of Indian Affairs. Site operators also need to get rights-of-way from the B-L-M to ship the spent nuclear fuel into the state.

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

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