Radioactive Waste Bill May Be Dead

Radioactive Waste Bill May Be Dead

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(Salt Lake City-AP) -- A bill that would put the state's radioactive waste policy in the hands of the governor and the legislature may be dead.

A House committee began debating the bill yesterday, but adjourned shortly after.

The bill was intended to close loopholes in the state law that allows higher concentrations of radioactive waste to be disposed of in the state based on the decisions of state and federal regulators.

But some lawmakers question whether the Legislature needs to make every decision on radioactive waste.

A task force is half way through its two-year study of radioactive-waste issues. Opponents of bill say that work should be completed before any changes are made to Utah law.

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

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