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Walker Warns Utah Could Be Stuck with Nuclear Waste

Walker Warns Utah Could Be Stuck with Nuclear Waste

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Governor Olene Walker says there's something wrong with a temporary nuclear waste storage site that takes shipments before the government can designate a final burial site.

Walker says the proposed storage site at Skull Valley Indian Reservation could doom the state to a life sentence of harboring spent nuclear fuel rods. And Utah doesn't have any nuclear power plants.

Walker made those statements today before the US Nuclear Waste Technical Review Board, which has been meeting at a Salt Lake City hotel.

A businessman behind the plans to open the waste storage site says Utah is in a position to help the country deal with a national problem.

Private Fuel Storage CEO John Parkyn says the company is taking all kinds of precautions to make sure Utah residents won't be harmed by transporting or storing the waste.

The site is meant to be temporary -- until the federal government can open a permanent nuclear-waste dump at Nevada's Yucca Mountain.

(Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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