Bill to ban nuke waste imports advances in House

Bill to ban nuke waste imports advances in House

Save Story
Leer en espaƱol

Estimated read time: Less than a minute

This archived news story is available only for your personal, non-commercial use. Information in the story may be outdated or superseded by additional information. Reading or replaying the story in its archived form does not constitute a republication of the story.

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- A bill that would ban the importation of foreign nuclear waste into the United States has gained approval from a House committee.

The bill is in response to a Utah company's plan to import up to 20,000 tons of low-level radioactive waste from Italy. After processing in Tennessee, about 1,600 tons would be disposed of in Utah.

It's the largest amount of low-level radioactive waste the Nuclear Regulatory Commission has ever been asked to allow into the country.

The Energy and Commerce Committee approved the bill Thursday on a 34-12 vote in Washington, D.C. It now awaits debate in the full House.

Reps. Jim Matheson of Utah and Bart Gordon of Tennessee, both Democrats, are sponsoring the bill, along with Republican Rep. Lee Terry of Nebraska. They contend American disposal sites should be preserved for domestic waste.

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

Related stories

Most recent Utah stories

Related topics



Get informative articles and interesting stories delivered to your inbox weekly. Subscribe to the Trending 5.
By subscribing, you acknowledge and agree to's Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

KSL Weather Forecast