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Lawmakers May Give Up Radioactive-Waste Dump Oversight

Lawmakers May Give Up Radioactive-Waste Dump Oversight

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CLIVE, Utah (AP) -- State lawmakers say EnergySolutions is such a good company, they don't need to regulate every little thing about its radioactive-waste dump.

So lawmakers are moving to cut themselves and the governor out of politically sensitive approvals needed for a near doubling of the company's landfill in Utah's west desert.

Senate Bill 155 would leave the decision to state regulators. They've already given the green light to an expansion request that would let EnergySolutions merge two waste cells into one.

The bill has passed the Senate and will get it's first hearing before a House committee this week.

Public health advocacy group HEAL Utah opposes the bill. They say the legislation rewrites the law specifically for EnergySolutions, paving the way for any expansion.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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