Bishop May Reconsider Tailings

Bishop May Reconsider Tailings

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(Salt Lake City-AP) -- Representative Rob Bishop says he will reconsider his support for shipping highly concentrated radioactive waste from Ohio to Utah for disposal at Envirocare's landfill if the tailings turn out to be "hotter" than represented to him.

The former Envirocare lobbyist spoke yesterday at a Hinckley Institute of Politics session at the University of Utah.

The Utah Republican has pushed an amendment to the energy bill that would reclassify the waste to allow a commercial waste company to dispose of the uranium mill tailings now stored at the Energy Department's former Fernald plant in Ohio. Without the reclassification, the waste would have to be shipped to the Nevada Test Site.

Bishop said he has spent the last week reading material from an environmental coalition, and he is taking information from all sides and asking his staff and government agencies to help him sort through it.

(Copyright 2003 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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