Utah OKs continued disposal of depleted uranium

Utah OKs continued disposal of depleted uranium

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Utah's Radiation Control Board has given its blessing to the continued disposal of depleted uranium in the state.

The board's decision Tuesday clears the path for 14,800 drums of the low-level radioactive waste to come to Utah from a former nuclear weapons complex in South Carolina beginning in October.

The drums of radioactive waste from the Savannah River Site will be disposed of at EnergySolutions Inc.'s facility about 70 miles west of Salt Lake City.

The shipments are scheduled to last until 2011. An environmental group had asked the board to place a moratorium on disposing depleted uranium until the Nuclear Regulatory Commission adopts more stringent rules for the material, which will likely be completed in 2012.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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